Lucy Dacus – Night Shift

Richmond, Virginia-based singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus has announced her forthcoming new album, Historian, will be released on March 2 via Matador Records.

A press release describes the album as such: “It is a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent that finds her unafraid to take on the big questions – the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It’s a record full of bracing realizations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos.”

The press release also calls Historian “a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity” and says it covers systemic racism, creative burnout, and the death of her grandmother. “It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks,” Dacus says in the press release. “What I’m trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff.”

Lucy Dacus also had this to say in the press release: “This is the album I needed to make. Everything after this is a bonus.”