It’s Sunday morning and I’m perusing some new tunes. This is cool. Boy formed in Hamburg in 2009 and up until now has bypassed Clunk HQ. a little digging and one soon finds out that the duo are international big hitters with their charming, upbeat, folksy music. Boy is a duo, Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass. Two albums so far, both top 10 in Germany and Switzerland. Give ‘Fit Back In’ a listen, read about it below, look out for a new album in the next few months..
“FIT BACK IN” opens with the lines “Feeling like a stranger in my city and my skin / Nothing around here reminds me of anything”, and while these may appear timely for a world overfamiliar with lockdowns, the song was written before Covid-19 arrived. Instead, it was inspired by the death of Steiner’s father, with whom she was particularly close, and the lyrics were written over the course of more than a year. If, however, this sounds like the premise for a sad song, think again. It’s instead a masterclass in finding hope in despair.
“I feel so grateful for this song,” Steiner says, “because I really learned something for myself. I started writing it after my father passed, when I had this weird feeling that, in just one more week, a year would have gone by and somehow I’d have to be magically over it and not feel so sad or lost. It’s like there’s this official mourning period, and after that you’re meant to be fine. So I wrote it while I was ‘allowed’ to have this feeling, then sent the lyrics to Sonja, who wrote the music. Later we decided the end wasn’t working, and another few months passed, and then the line “Time doesn’t heal / It just goes by” came to me. It felt like such a relief! There are so many well-worn phrases we don’t really question, like ‘Time heals everything’, but some things are just sad forever. I found comfort in acknowledging that, and at the same time I was able to see more and more clearly how, as time passes, it brings new life and new beauty and new things to look forward to.”
Further changes have taken place in the BOY camp, too, since their last show in 2017. Steiner returned to live in Zurich in time for the birth of her first child, while, back in Hamburg, Glass delivered her first film score, written for an acclaimed documentary released in 2019. “There was so much going on in Valeska’s life,” she says, “that I had to bridge quite a significant stretch of time between our last album and now, kind of waiting for her to be ready again. So I used this time to become musically involved in a few other projects, which gave me a new perspective on all sorts of things.”