LUCY DACUS – ” Night Shift “

Posted: December 16, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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We’ve been waiting a long while to write these words: Lucy Dacus has announced her sophomore album. “Historian” is due out on March 2nd via Matador Records, and with its unveiling, Dacus has shared her first-ever breakup song, the devastating “Night Shift.” .  Night Shift is a six and half minute opus, moving from gently strummed guitar and dulcet vocals to a distorted, throbbing, emotional crescendo. It also opens with possibly our favourite line of the year so far, “The first time I tasted somebody else’s spit, I had a coughing fit”.

“Night Shift,” Historian’s opening track, is a scathing ode to an unfaithful lover. “Don’t hold your breath. Forget you ever saw me at my best,” commands Dacus. “You don’t deserve what you don’t respect.” Nowhere near content with being neglected, Dacus is so driven to put the past behind her that she takes the titular night shift: “You got a 9 to 5, so I’ll take the night shift / and I’ll never see you again if I can help it.” It’s no less ferocious for Dacus’ delicate delivery.

The Richmond-based indie singer songwriter was among the best new artists of 2016, her debut LP “No Burden” made our top albums of last year and the album opener “I Don’t Want to Be Funny Anymore” was lauded in the top 2016’s best songs. Needless to say, Historian, produced by Collin Pastore in Nashville and mixed by Grammy winner John Congleton, is one of our most anticipated albums of 2018.

“This is the album I needed to make,” says Dacus, who sees Historian as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. “Everything after this is a bonus.”

Listen to “Night Shift” below

From the new album ‘Historian’ out March 2nd on Matador Records

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