Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Lucy Dacus Explains Fast Rise From D.I.Y. to Joining Matador Records

Dustin Condren
The Alt in Our Stars Podcast featuring: Lucy Dacus

Within a couple years, cerebral singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus went from playing solo shows around the not-quite-national music hub of Richmond, Va. to releasing a critically acclaimed debut album and signing with indie standby Matador Records. She’s just 21, yet finding herself creatively and professionally enough to make most millennials jealous -- or at least want to ask for some advice. But if you’re looking for a viral moment, a big city scene or some all-knowing secret, you’re probably going to be left searching. 

“I don’t have any weird gimmicks,” Dacus tells Billboard, stopping by the New York office for an episode of the Alt In Our Stars podcast. She pauses, then points out, “I do put on lipstick for the show. That’s what separates it. ‘Cause I don’t wear makeup at all… That’s probably the closest thing I have to a routine.” 

And that’s it: Lucy Dacus the performer is essentially Lucy Dacus the person. Her craft is earnest, first-person songwriting that’s abstract enough to have you digging for meaning, or inserting yourself into her journey. It’s all painted through Dacus’s soothing vocals -- with a hint of twang -- nestled in guitar-playing that can stretch out and tangle like vines towards sunlight.

So far, her 2016 EggHunt Records debut No Burden has brought her on tour with artists like Daughter, the Decembrists and (fellow Virginian) Car Seat Headrest, and it has her in line for an even bigger moment when her already-commenced follow-up for Matador drops. How much is done? “Pretty much so much,” she muses, before giving us a taste of the lyrical arc she’s got planned. 

Past Episodes: Car Seat Headrest | Mitski | Courtney Barnett | Pup | Andy Greenwald Talks Blink-182 | Downtown Boys | Cardiknox | Wild Beasts | Against Me!

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