Medicine Boy talks new album
Today sees the release of Kinda Like Electricity, a brand new album by Cape Town-based dream noise duo Medicine Boy. We caught up with band member Lucy Kruger to chat about the new album.
You’ve recently released a new video for the track “E.V.I.L.” – what was the inspiration behind the video’s concept?
It was a collaboration with the producer/director Mark Leonard and is as much about the feel and mood as it is about the concept and storyline. A strange and surreal landscape where lost lovers come to find some sort of salvation or escape. The chance to feel alive and entwined.
And the inspiration behind the song itself?
It’s one of those songs that came out pretty instinctively through the two of us messing around in rehearsal – a song that sort of writes itself and you come to understand afterwards what the inspiration might have been.
How do you think the song’s lyrical content and the video’s visual content link together?
I don’t want to be too prescriptive about the reading and meaning of either. I think the two feed into each other pretty well…
What can fans expect from your debut album, Kinda Like Electricity?
Kinda Like Electricity is a sort of natural culmination of our influences and experiments up until now. We didn’t limit ourselves to making a particular kind of an album and so the result is pretty diverse – some psychedelia, blues, folk, country – little bit of all the things we love most. It’s quite a tender album – an honest exploration of where we are with ourselves and with our music.
How did you come up with the name of the album?
It’s a line from one of the songs and it just seems to fit perfectly with the themes and feelings all over the album.
Do you have a favourite song on the album?
Yes. Andre [Leo, guitar and vocals] wrote the last song on the album and it’s quite perfect. It’s called “The End Of The Day”. He played it so beautifully and Dave [Langemann] managed to capture it just as it was. I think Andre’s favourite might be “Lashes”. He plays it in a new tuning he’s discovered that really works for the band. It’s also just a whole lot of fun to play live.
You can get the album here.
Watch the video for “E.V.I.L” below: