Review

LUCINDA’s debut album, Uitgeskryf, is a quintessentially delightful Afrikaans alt-pop offering

LUCINDA takes a typical Afrikaans pop stance and moulds it to her own benefit in her debut album Uitgeskryf. For the casual South African listener it might sound timeless or outdone – a genre well trodden and particularly niche. But if you look a little closer, you’ll find a wealth of subtleties woven into this release. 

LUCINDA’s been making music since she was 16 and fronted a band called Die Melktert Kommissie – sounds like a vibe. Cut to 2019 and she teamed up with Bouwer Bosch for a collaborative EP, Waar Die See Die Kus Omhels, but it was only in 2020 that she really spread her solo wings with the release of “Weerloos”, which came along with a self-made stop-motion animation video. 

Uitgeskryf comes as the culmination of years of quiet songwriting. It’s a deeply introspective offering, packed with nuance and enough modern genre twists to hold its own. In fact, she stands head and shoulders above the rest with her electro-heavy production, layered choral backing vocals, and dreamy melody lines which are as catchy as they are unexpectedly complex. 

Opener “Ego” kicks things off with a bevy of electronic textures, while, on the other end of the spectrum, “Engele Kom” comes as a stripped, vox-only Afrikaans take on what sounds like a Scottish verse. Between these she navigates pretty, pitching love songs (“Meer as die Reën” and “Ons Is Ons” featuring John-Henry Opperman), an ode to peace (“Rede Vir Vrede”), and a snappy, Taylor Swift esque pop-bop on being taken for a fool (“Jou Grap”, featuring Mila Guy).

So you’d better get your Afrikaans on, because LUCINDA’s got a whole lot of visceral emotion to unpack here.