New kid on the music-block Lucy Kruger launched her debut album in a self-portrait-covered Mercury Live last Thursday. It appears that the recently-turned-blonde singer-songwriter has already acquired a dedicated fan club and she was thus welcomed with a wave of enthusiasm.
Nonetheless it was with some timidity that Kruger thanked her dad for his musical encouragement after kicking off her set with ‘Little Puppet’, the first track of the album. It’s an appealing song, with a beguiling melody that lingers in the memory for quite some time. In fact, Kruger nailed it herself when she repeatedly sung the lines “It’s catchy phrases that sell”.
Visibly growing in confidence as the set went on, Kruger’s unique voice revealed a subtle strength and a quirky toned-down high pitch. Backed by South African talents Albert Frost (guitar), Schalk Joubert (bass), Melissa van der Spuy (piano) and Kevin Gibson (drums), Kruger held her own as the voice of a super-team with a gentle folky sound.
In between songs, Kruger explained that she wanted to wait until she could play more than three chords before she recorded an album. “Now I can play three chords” she laughed, before the band struck up a livelier tune to which she added some impressive vocal intonations.
Lucy Kruger’s music definitely swings more towards the lets-sit-down-and-chill type, but on Thursday night she managed nonetheless to get her won-over audience to stand up and sway to the last song of the set. Clearly satisfied, at least one Mercury-goer left with a new CD to add to the collection.
Lucy Kruger launched her debut album Cut Those Strings at Mercury Live on Thursday 20 September 2012.