Medicine Boy
Kinda Like Electricity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
November 15th, 2016 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: South African duo rides on the rollercoaster that is life with its somber voices, noises, images and words.

The most alluring trait of youth, is its ever present and fluid sense of eternity, the certified illusion that life in excess of physical and mental ability/prosperity, will escape decay. Still wet behind the ears, and discretely below a parental, lidless eye, offsprings are thrown into the sea of possibilities, so as to adapt to the emotional and physical ecosystems awaiting ahead. The waters are ocean deep and turbulent; however, each prospect is unconsciously prompted to search for warmer waters, a safe harbour, and eventually tread the land its parents came from, carrying inherent and acquired strengths, good friends, romantic companions, and the ever precious memories from the sea travels past. As time goes by, and mind is constantly being filled with all sorts of input, both increasingly tend to play weird games. What was once reality, is simply no more, or is it the other way around? Personal demons and tragedies, summoned to lessen or be put in the rear, are always at reach. Strengths of old are either diminished or inherited to the new breed. On their debut album, South Africans Medicine Boy, ride on the rollercoaster that is life with their somber voices, noises, images and words.

Everything in Kinda Like Electricity orbits around the hauntingly soothing, vocal duality of its members, Lucy Kruger & Andre Leo, a composite instrument to echoe what was mentioned in the previous passage. That said, South Africans have not painted a flamboyant, shamelessly pompous canvas. Rather, Medicine Boy belong to an obscure cluster of outfits, who takes what is needed from an ensemble of music genres, and forms a style that barely references its constituents. In that respect, Kinda Like Electricity tip toes as quietly as it can, in fear of greedily invoking for folk, country, the blues, goth, and psych/post-punk elements. The tone of the album is calm, with tunes that warmly coat the senses, namely the laid-back psych/rock n' roll of "Alone", the album title track, "Lucy", or the dim lighted album closer "The End of the Day". At instances, though, an alarming vibe is transmitted; in "Lashes", its dynamics are escalating to subterranean rumbles between the frantic violin heard in the rear, the quietly firm rhythm section, and the latent guitar distortion. On another note, "You Are An Animal Now" is a call to the dance pit, the way goth/post-punksters would go for it.

With their debut full-length album, Medicine Boy have added more weight to the already legitimate pledge of their 2014 EP. Its thick sound texture resembles that of works in which a respectable recording budget was spent, and yet it was produced the DIY way. Up the same alley, with the custom length of each song and the album's coherence throughout, Medicine Boy move towards a personal (as possible) conduct, which discards established promotion mechanisms, in this case, radio edit singles. Rather, duo prefers to expand through word of mouth, which has already got it where it wanted to go since day one, the road and quite a few concerts in South Africa and abroad. So, if you want it darker (RIP Leonard Cohen), Medicine Boy are one of the safest new bets out there.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2016


7429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album stream: http://medicineboy.bandcamp.com/album/kinda-like-electricity



As always, constructive criticism is most welcome.

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TheBarber
November 15th 2016


3483 Comments


Really really cool stuff lad

FullOfSounds
November 15th 2016


14559 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool I'm interested in this, will check soon

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Dewinged
November 16th 2016


3651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First paragraph was quite a mindfuck but I loved it. Nicely written. The album is quite surprising, didn't enjoy the guy's solo song, but the rest was good, especially the quieter stuff.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2016


7429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys.



The opening paragraph summarizes the album's lyrical topics, which are expertly sung by both singers.



That said, I think Leo's solo performance in the album closer "The End of the Day", is just as powerful.

Ebola
November 17th 2016


2416 Comments


This is really interesting.

Dewinged
November 17th 2016


3651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He has a nice voice, I really like especially when they sing in duo, but there was this song in the middle where he sings alone that kind of broke my momentum with the album, I think it was "Lucy".

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2016


7429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The only song with Leo's vocals only is the last one, but yeah, the clue of the album is Krueger's velvet voice.

Dewinged
November 18th 2016


3651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In "Lashes" they shine, man.

RadicalEd
November 18th 2016


8147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, sounds like it may be up my alley, will check this out for sure.

Taxt
November 18th 2016


938 Comments


Really enjoyed the first song, will have to check the full thing later tonight

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2016


7429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

In "Lashes" they shine, man.

Yeah, it's probably the best song in the album.





Great review, sounds like it may be up my alley, will check this out for sure.

Thanks, the album was/is/will be a wonderful surprise.





Really enjoyed the first song, will have to check the full thing later tonight

First song is merely the tip of the iceberg ;-)

Dewinged
November 19th 2016


3651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album is definitely a grower.

RadicalEd
December 1st 2016


8147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this, but I thought it was a bit to samey.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2016


7429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^^That's true only at first, the seemingly same-y nuances of the album, become distinct with each new listen.



Also, I strongly suggest that you read the lyrics while you listen, they really augment the album's atmosphere.

FullOfSounds
December 5th 2016


14559 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy hell this is amazing



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