“Home Video” by Lucy Dacus offers us the perfect music to indulge in our summer sadness
Lucy Dacus’ latest album “Home Video” couldn’t be better. As we all come home for the summer and enter a wet Cancer season, Dacus offers us music that lets us reflect on our emotional stability.
By its title, the album evokes a familiar nostalgia among Dacus fans as they embark on a piecemeal tour of his childhood. The singer-songwriter shares his autobiography through the lens of a girl raised in Christian values in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia. Dacus’ album explores all the introspections that accompany growth, linked to unrequited love, family tensions and the confines of religion. Overall, “Home Video” plays like a warm embrace for anyone trying to come to terms with each other through the fleeting memories of the suburbs this summer.
Awarded a Applying to Liberia for “Best Revolutionary Artist” in 2019, Dacus is emerging as a promising independent rock artist. Like her previous critically acclaimed albums, “Historian” and “No Burden,” “Home Video” again uses poignant and intimate storytelling, narrated through her silky viola voice in which fans have learned to find solace. . Dacus boygenius teammates Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers also provide backing vocals on the album, providing familiar vocals for fans. Often using second-person narration over breezy acoustics, Dacus allows the listener to experience their memories in an extremely indirect way.
The album starts off strong with the upbeat guitar track on “Hot & Heavy”, which plunges us into a sensory summer night in Dacus’ small hometown. The song is addressed to a person, or perhaps a memory, with “you”, communicating from the start personal slices of his childhood. Although the instrumentals are alive, the lyrics still retain an air of melancholy and contemplation, capturing the sticky feel of nostalgia.
The album also sheds a retrospective light on Dacus’ main memories. Religion is a dominant theme; Against a groovy, slow-paced instrumental track, his song “VBS” – an abbreviation for “Vacation Bible School” – tells listeners about his training time there. This track tells the story of her first boyfriend and has some of my favorite lyrics from the album. Phrases like “Hands above our heads, seek God / Back in the cabin, sniff nutmeg in your bunk bed” and “You can’t do nothing but the only thing you found / Play Slayer at full volume helps block it ”deeply capture the irony of Dacus’ memory of using drugs and blasting satanic metal at the biblical camp.
Since performing the song for the first time in 2018, “Thumbs” has been Dacus’ most anticipated and heartbreaking number. Dacus tells the story of his dear friend meeting an absent father against a delicate and haunting synth track. Dacus’ lyricism is terribly raw, with the chorus repeating, “I’d kill him / Quick and easy / Your nails dig in / Into my knee.” The pain behind her voice is palpable enough to evoke a nauseating response when listening – the mark of a sad, stellar girl’s hymn.
“Brando” quickly caught on in my daily rotation. As well as a bouncy instrument, Dacus pokes fun at a common archetype: that person who goes the extra mile to try to be deeply romantic, but seems rather pretentious and ridiculously idealistic. This song is playful and the relevant lyrics appeal to anyone who has fallen victim to this type of character.
“First Time” presents listeners with a magnificent coming of age track. Atop a guitar and drums combo reminiscent of songs I listened to in high school, the track plays like an upbeat but fleeting journal entry. The recurring strumming of the electric guitar in the chorus, coupled with the whispered yet passionate voice of Dacus, ignites the desire for a relationship I didn’t even know I had. I recommend blowing this track up to maximum volume as you walk past the streetlights in your small town, yelling “take me, take me, take me!” To your life in the suburbs – it did wonders for me.
As a big believer in the soft-girl, stripped-down song style of Dacus, I thought the only flaw in “Home Video” was the self-tuned track, “Partner in Crime”: the vocals are heavily processed, which depersonalizes the song. and march the otherwise intimate atmosphere of the album.
Overall, Dacus’ “Home Video” is exactly what was missing in this introductory period. With each replay, his music is able to evoke feelings native to those who grew up in a quiet town, where each memory has a more retrospective meaning from year to year. Whether it’s helping you deal with your past or romanticizing your suburban life, “Home Video” is without a doubt one of the most rewarding albums of the summer.