LUCY DACUS SIGNS TO MATADOR RECORDS
DEBUT ALBUM NO BURDEN OUT NOW DIGITALLY
PHYSICAL REISSUE OUT 9 SEPTEMBER
NEW BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR VIDEO FOR “I DON’T WANNA BE FUNNY ANYMORE”
PLAYS END OF THE ROAD AND LONDON SHOW IN SEPTEMBER
WATCH: New video for “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore£
including behind-the-scenes tour hijinks with Lucy and her bandmates
Saturday 3 September – Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival
Tuesday 6 September – London, UK – The Old Blue Last
READ: New Q&A with The FADER
LISTEN: No Burden on Spotify
“This Richmond singer-songwriter’s just-released No Burden is one of 2016’s best indie rock debuts” – Rolling Stone
“Lucy Dacus’ No Burden is an uncommonly warm indie rock record. Lead guitar lines pour in like slow columns of sunlight, and Dacus’ voice itself is a comforting blur” – Pitchfork
“Her power-pop songs are naturally rootsy, embodying an authentic Southern soul… yet her voice transcends her locale and her age, a confident blend of Sharon Van Etten’s aching power, Jenny Lewis’ cool drawl and Courtney Barnett’s bright wit” – NPR
Richmond, Virginia-based songwriter Lucy Dacus is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s critically acclaimed debut album, No Burden, which was released earlier this year, is out now digitally, with a re-pressing of CD and LP formats coming on 9 September.
For a behind-the-scenes look at Lucy’s life on the road, which includes recent headlining shows, SXSW, and dates with Daughter, Houndmouth, and Julien Baker, a new video set to “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” can be viewed HERE. She’ll be heading out on tour in the States with The Decemberists, Frightened Rabbit, Julien Baker, and Car Seat Headrest and will be heading over to these shores in September for a slot at End of the Road.
Lucy Dacus‘ No Burden is full of surprises—sharp lyrical observations, playful turns of musical phrase, hooks that’ll embed themselves in your frontal lobe for days. But the most surprising thing about this album might be the fact that it’s a debut; it has a keen sense of self about it, and it nearly glows from the self-possession held by the woman at its core.
The 21-year-old Dacus grew up in Richmond, Virginia; she was adopted at a young age, an experience that informed her curious, openhearted songwriting. “When my parents were explaining what adoption was—which was very early on in my childhood—they always said that my birthmother thought I was worthwhile even though she couldn’t be my mom,” she says. “And so from essentially infancy, I was taught that life was innately worthwhile because a bunch of people had worked together to set me up with one.”
Dacus started playing around Richmond while in college, opening for local acts and eventually meeting Jacob Blizard, a guitarist who invited her to make a record for a college project of his. No Burden, which originally came out in February 2016 on the Richmond label EggHunt Records, opens with the forthright, almost brutally honest “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” the last song Dacus wrote before the album’s day-long recording session at Starstruck Studios in Nashville. Dacus delivers scalpel-sharp observations about resisting pigeonholing over chunky guitars, ticking off ideals of femininity and youth until the track’s not-quite-resolution.
These themes extend to the lyrics of songs like “Strange Torpedo,” a whirling portrait of a friend whose “bunch of bad habits” who, Dacus sings, has “been falling for so long… [and hasn’t] hit anything solid yet.” “I’ve been that friend watching a loved one do what they know is bad for them and not understanding why,” says Dacus. The song offers a simple message: “I love you, why don’t you love you? You’re the one in your body so you get to choose what to do with it, but if I were you I’d treat me differently.”
The rest of No Burden, which was produced by Collin Pastore, puts Dacus’s voice center stage, allowing the glinting poetry of her lyrics to shine even more brightly. “Trust,” which Dacus wrote in late 2013, showcases her alone with her guitar, her faint vibrato floating over strummed chords as she sings of self-redemption. And the diptych “Dream State…” and “…Familiar Place,” which revolve around Dacus repeating “Without you, I am surely the last of our kind/ Without you, I am surely the last of my kind,” capture disappointment and loss in a jaw-dropping way; the music trembles around her while her voice stays steady, anticipating whatever might come next.
No Burden is a forthright, disarmingly catchy statement. And while it’s a sterling debut, it only hints at the potential possessed by this passionate, thoughtful young woman.
1. I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
2. Troublemaker, Doppelganger
3. Green Eyes, Red Face
4. Strange Torpedo
5. Dream State
7. Map On A Wall
8. Direct Address
9. Familiar Place
Pre-order link: smarturl.it/NoBurden_M