Monday, September 12, 2016

Lucy Dacus - No Burden

Lucy Dacus is a former film student from Richmond, Virginia.  Supposedly, she recorded an album on a whim, and it now has been picked up by Matador Records.  Titled No Burden, it has nine tracks that cover the spectrum from southern indie confessional rockers that wouldn't be out of place in the company of Courtney Barnett, and more stripped-down singer songwriter tunes, and a few that are in-between.  While my taste runs more towards the first group -- typified by "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore", "Troublemaker Doppelganger", and "Strange Torpedo" -- one listen to "Dream State" will convince you that Dacus need not confine herself to one style of musical expression.  Her vocal range is impressive, and her delivery is equally adept and self-deprecatory asides, bitter observations and tender entreaties.  Her lyrical talent is impressive, whether from the perspective of the major actor in the action or the keen-eyed outside observer.  And we'll note that the lyrics are included at the Bandcamp link below.  Overall, this is a very impressive debut.

We doubt that Dacus has much time to make films at this point, but with a European tour and other commitments arising from a deservedly positive reception to No Burden, I don't expect that she is feeling bad about life.  I expect that she is finding her current state to be no burden at all.

Bandcamp for No Burden
Matador Records

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