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Lucy Dacus Announces New Album 'Home Video', Shares Opening Track Hot & Heavy

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

There's a new Lucy Dacus album on the way!

'Home Video', the follow-up to 2018's 'Historian', will arrive on June 25 through Matador. It captures the singer-songwriter's formative years growing up in Richmond, Virginia.

The record features her Boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker contributing vocals on two songs, the recently released track Thumbs, and her new single Hot & Heavy, a nostalgic indie-rock opener for the album. She said:

“I thought I was writing ‘Hot & Heavy’ about an old friend, but I realized along the way that it was just about me outgrowing past versions of myself. So much of life is submitting to change and saying goodbye even if you don't want to. Now whenever I go to places that used to be significant to me, it feels like trespassing the past. I know that the teen version of me wouldn't approve of me now, and that's embarrassing and a little bit heartbreaking, even if I know intellectually that I like my life and who I am.”

The song's self-directed video was shot at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond where Dacus watched movies when she was younger. She added:

“I knew I wanted to include some of the home video footage that my dad took of me while I was growing up. I wanted to visualize the moment when you first reflect on your childhood, which I think can also be the moment that childhood is over. For me, I feel like there was a hard switch when I started releasing music, when my identity went from being a personal project to something publicly observed and reflected. I asked my family (shoutout to my grandma) and some of my closest friends to be extras because they're the people that knew me before that switch. I may have dropped out of film school, but I still love making movies and had a really fun time directing this one.”

'Home Video' tracklist:

1. Hot & Heavy
2. Christine
3. First Time
4. VBS
5. Cartwheel
6. Thumbs
7. Going Going Gone
8. Partner In Crime
9. Brando
10. Please Stay
11. Triple Dog Dare

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