Last year no one protested when we named Historian by Lucy Dacus our album of the year. The full length was the only album in 2018 that we played for others that had them asked who it was and where they could get a copy for themselves. So with that in mind, it shouldn’t be shocking that we’re all about the singer songwriters latest release, 2019. The seven songs that make up the EP have all been released as singles, but their power together rings throughout when played as a unit.
The opening track “Fool’s Gold” is a piano lead and acoustic driven track that showcases Dacus’ tender vocals, it has this upbeat pace that makes it so inviting. A similar path occurs again on the beautifully delivered notes of “My Mother & I” as well as on her cover of “In The Air Tonight,” though Dacus is definitely not keeping things acoustic either.
“Forever Half Mast” employs a pedal steel that meets her vocals perfectly and her cover of “Last Christmas” is an indie rock shredder. But with all of this, our favorite tracks comes with “La Vie En Rose.” On it Dacus not only sings beautifully in French, but she intertwines all of her musical approaches into one track. The arrangements between the guitar and the keys is extraordinary as she steers your attention towards the songwriting’s prowess in each well crafted note.
2019 is available to purchase directly from Matador Records as a vinyl or digitally as well as from all outlets. It can also be streamed on all streaming sites. Lucy Dacus is on tour November 17 in Mexico City, Mexico at Festival Corona Capital until March 06 in Nashville, TN at Ryman Auditorium. Her complete tour schedule can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Elizabeth Weinberg.