Thursday 4 July 2019
Indie singer-songwriter with a buttery voice that commands both her thoughtful rock tunes and more intimate confessionals

If you want sincerity, forthrightness and intimacy, you have come to the right place.

23-year-old US singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus bears her heart and soul – and she delivers great guitar riffs along the way.

Her 2016 debut album, No Burden, was a school project that wasn’t necessarily designed to introduce her to the world. But she showed a true knack for songwriting (if you haven’t checked it out already, give the tunes “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore”, “Troublemaker Doppelgänger” and “...Familiar Place” a spin) and shortly after she quit college to see where it would lead.

A deal with indie stalwarts Matador Records ensued, and the Virginian songwriter took her time with the follow-up Historian (2018). It represents a staggering leap. Dacus presents songs like short stories, sneakily hard-hitting arrangements, dreaminess and catharsis, often in the space of a few verses. It is one of those rare gems that feels immensely human, even on the first listen. Unsurprisingly, Historian became a critically acclaimed album, which is also, in the words of Paste Magazine, “a career album” (they put the album at the top of their end of year list, by the way). Add to Dacus’ successful year that she also released a self-titled EP as part of the trio boygenius.

On stage Lucy Dacus brings a full band. They both rock out and strip things down and let Dacus’ vocals drip with authenticity. According to BBC, if you catch Lucy Dacus in concert (which we definitely think you should!), you should bring a tissue. Yes, a bigger emotional experience awaits us all.