Sounds Like: Hyper-aware missives from a friend whose mind is always whirling.
For Fans Of: Eleanor Friedberger, Wye Oak, Sebadoh's "Rebound"
Why You Should Pay Attention: Richmond-based Lucy Dacus has a knack for writing disarmingly open indie rock songs, with plainspoken lyrics that hit even harder thanks to her soft, sturdy alto. Her debut No Burden, which comes out February 26th, was recorded in Nashville over the course of a single day. Dacus's voice is surrounded by gently churning guitars with forays into dreampop (the fuzzed-out ending to the sturdy "Dreamtime") and stark acoustic tracks ("Trust," one of Dacus's earliest songs).
She Says: "Usually I'll just be walking from my house to somewhere else, and melodies and words will start coming up, and I'll have to run home to write it all down. I have a huge note on my phone where things just start popping up. It doesn't make that much sense to me at the time, but once a song is finished, I can read into it and figure out who the characters are in my life. Hopefully when you listen to a song, you can say, 'That's me,' or 'That's someone I know' — you relate to it in a way that's cathartic."
Hear for Yourself: "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore" is a pitch-perfect portrait of a woman feeling boxed in by the way her peers view her, with Dacus' thoughts about potential personas grounded by a steady chug. Maura Johnston