What does it sound like?:
Lucy is fashioned with African red clay, dipped in the swamp of New Orleans and cooked in the microwaves of Berlin. It is a muddy, bluesy, stoned album with track titles like Fire, Tribe, Dark and We Sea. If you think of it as Dr John’s Gris Gris updated to the 21st Century you won’t be far wrong.
Bakery are a Berlin based collective of young musicians, artists, dancers, cinematographers and graphic designers. They are an Exploding Plastic Inevitable but less hedonistic and more tribal. The cover is a painting. The videos are beautifully shot and artfully performed. The band are relatively anonymous and mysterious. A Google will simply reveal the first names of Noah, Temple and Anton. Alex and Digby Smith, from Guildford, are also involved.
The music is trippy, psychedelic with a spooky witch doctor vibe. The production pulls off the trick of sounding distorted and clear at the same time. The opening two tracks, Go In and We Sea, prominently feature lead guitar but many others are horn driven. The percussion and rhythmic elements are detailed and ethnic. There are a number of different voices but the man one is raspy and soulful. The overall effect is in keeping with so-called Neo-Psychedelica as performed by bands such as Tame Impala on Lonerism, Phosphorescent and The War On Drugs but, mercifully, without the prolonged wibbling.
Lucy is a thoroughly enjoyable listen and although the sound is nothing really new, it is refreshing to hear in a year dominated by death and older artists returning to form.
What does it all *mean*?
Lucy is truly a ‘world’ music. Bakery have produced an excellent debut. Watch this space.
Goes well with…
Some kind of voodoo potion.
Might suit people who like…
Dr John’s Gris Gris or the Neo-Psychedelica of today with an African flavour.