At just 22 years of age, Lucy Dacus has already endured many of the trials and tribulations most indie rockers experience over the course of a career. She’s released an album on her own, become a critical darling, earned a big record deal, weathered challenges that have dragged out the release of her much-anticipated new album, and she’s been featured in the New York Times.
Her new record, “Historian,” was recorded in Nashville last year for the independent label Matador, yet it still has not been heard by the world. Unlike how it was with Dacus’ first album, which she quickly recorded for a school project without any expectations, her new effort has been slowed down by many of the trappings of the music business.
The Virginia indie-rocker’s first album, “No Burden,” featured “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” which surprisingly made Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of 2016” list. The reception of her debut has raised expectations for her follow-up, and Dacus is all too aware of this.
Without question, getting her new record expertly mixed and handled by real producers before, during, and after the recording of it has slowed down its release. But so too has Dacus’ own evolution as a professional artist.
She has been incredibly candid in multiple profiles, including one featured on The Ringer in which she displays awareness as well as confidence about her young career.
Dacus’ sense of humor and feistiness sometimes seem to belie the general mood of her songs. But a closer listen to her music reveals intelligence and confident wit that interestingly complements her emotional overtones.
The audio of her new album’s first track, called “Night Shift,” has already been released on YouTube, and has been listened to more than 85,000 times. The full album will finally be released on March 2nd.