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.
Lucy Dacus is a rising Indie songwriter and pop star. However, she has suffered a lot of setbacks. Health struggles, political turmoil and personal responsibilities are some of the things that have made it difficult for Lucy to achieve her dream.
Lucy still managed to record her second album last year. The second album is entitled “Historian”. It will come out on March 2. She believes that this is the album that will take her career to the next level.
Lucy has been trying to make a plunge on the music scene for quite some time. She always wanted to be a singer, but many people discouraged her from pursuing her dream. She was told that music was not an attainable career. Lucy attended film school, but she later dropped out. She also worked as a photo editor.
Lucy spent the last 11 months in the studio and is happy with the finished product. She recorded her first album, which is entitled “No Burden” back in 2015. The album was actually recorded for a school project. She was required to do a musical project over winter break. She recorded the album with Jacob Blizard, who lived with her at the time.
Lucy had been writing songs since she was in the second grade. She writes about faith, gender and creativity. The first song that she released from the album was “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore.” Tyler Williams is a Richmond musician. He was amazed when he heard Lucy’s album. He stated that it could not possibly be made by a 20-year-old.
Many of Lucy’s songs are about things that she has gone through. She has a song about the death of her grandmother. She also has a song about a breakup. Lucy stated that it is important to write songs that make her feel good.