I quite enjoy basically anything in the Matador Records catalog and one of their latest additions, Lucy Dacus, is no exception. Quite simply, this women is brilliant. (And she’s 21, so what am I doing with my life)?
I made the decision to finally download Spotify on my laptop so I can listen to tunes while editing for class and through it I’ve stumbled upon more of Dacus’s music besides her single “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” (which is a fantastic song) I found circulating Consequence of Sound this summer.
Dacus manages to have a beautifully soulful voice without sounding like she’s trying too hard, which is a complaint I occasionally have for indie rock singer-songwriters who seem to think their lyrics are very important. But Dacus subverts this by being upfront with her listeners; she’s got something to say and this is her outlet, but she shan’t come blazing in demanding your attention with vocal trills and vibrato. She sounds sincere and I feel her remorse, anxiety and occasionally her desperation through her voice.
Her lyrics are also excellent: simple, yet expressing emotions everyone has had at some point in their lives, like unrequited love or exasperation at not being taken seriously. I’m especially digging “Green Eyes, Red Face,” and love singing along with Dacus, “I see the seat that’s next to yours is unoccupied/and I was wondering if you’d let me come and sit by your side.” Quality tune for singing loudly when your housemates are all out and you’re home alone.
I remember reading about Dacus on Bandcamp Daily and being charmed at how genuine and modest she was when being interviewed about her talents and about getting signed on Matador. Considering how much press Car Seat Headrest got/is getting since their Matador debut, I can only hope the same for Dacus. She’s definitely got the talent. Give her a listen, she won’t disappoint.
Check out the music video for “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” that originally caught my eye here.
As always, thanks for reading, and God bless.