With her rich and confessional third album ‘Home Video’, Lucy Dacus is interrogating the past as a means of moving forward.
Words: Alex Cabré. Photos: Ebru Yildiz.
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Several time zones and a hazy Zoom stream away, Soggy the cat perches lazily in an armchair. “Looking really cute right now!” laughs Lucy Dacus at the top of our conversation. “It’s actually not my cat; I just live with her. We’re roommates,” she notes from off-camera.
The Virginia-born singer-songwriter has a way of making intimacy comfortable in her music as much as in her interviews. Recently turned 26, her career ascent has been deservedly fast: with its candid lyrics and warm sonic palette, 2016’s ‘No Burden’ introduced Dacus as a scintillating new voice in indie-rock, a promise ‘Historian’ made good on two years later. She’s also a third of the emo/folk supergroup boygenius alongside Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers and appears on both of their latest records.
Her own third LP is ‘Home Video’. Recorded pre-Covid and finalised during (“and hopefully we tour after!”) it’s an unabashed nostalgia trip that finds Lucy revisiting memories of home and childhood, unear…