Back in the late ’70s/early ’80s when dream pop/shoegaze started to take shape and form, many critics predicted that either style would be short-lived, with the shoegaze term actually being coined as some sort of a derogatory joke (signifying musicians looking solely at their sound modification foot pedals while playing).
Yet, some 40 or so years on, both, now fully-formed genres, not only exist but seem to be currently in full bloom. Proving that point in a way, are South Africa-German outfit Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys with their most recent 3-song EP Heaving, released as an announcement of their upcoming (fourth) album.
In a way combining the two genres that actually intersect anyway, Kruger and the band actually focus on the two key elements of shoegaze/dream pop – creating a specific atmosphere, ambient that is intense and that swiftly switches between a dream and a nightmare.
Creating such music requires the artist to be able to maintain the delicate balance between lulling and nightmarish, and Kruger and the band are actually able to keep that balance going throughout the three tracks here. Hopefully, that is a good sign for the upcoming album.