Indie rock extraordinaire Lucy Dacus has released the latest preview of her upcoming third studio effort Home Video, the not-quite nostalgic remembrance of the past ‘VBS’.
As one-third of indie supergroup boygenius, along with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, Dacus has worked up enough indie cool cred to last a lifetime, but she’s pretty damn good on her own, thank you very much.
“VBS means vacation bible school, and I went to tons of them,” Dacus explains. “It’s where Christian parents send their kids over the winter, spring, or summer breaks from school to get closer to God, maybe learn some outdoor skills, and bring home useless crafts and totems like fruit of the spirit sand art and purity rings. I wrote the song in the van on the way to Nashville to record Home Video after seeing one of those readerboards outside a church advertising a wholesome church camp for kids. I thought about my first boyfriend, who I met at VBS, the resident bad boy who loved Slayer and weed more than Jesus. I took it upon myself to save him, and make him stop doing drugs (with an exception for snorting nutmeg). God, I was so lame.”
To be fair, snorting nutmeg will never not be cool. ‘VBS’ contains all the badass slow-burning ethos of Dacus’ other work, both solo and in collaboration, while her distinct gift for world-building and immersive lyricism remains intact. Her previous albums, 2016’s No Burden and 2018’s Historian are travelogues through the mind of an individual clearly in touch and at ease about translating their own experiences into relatable stories and killer musical adventures. Just don’t use that stupid pretentious term “confessional”.
Home Video is set to interrogate Dacus’ past of growing up in Virginia, specifically the trials and tribulations that go hand in hand with coming of age. ‘VBS’ is so potent and specific in its imagery and references that it’s all too easy to take the proceedings at face value, but from my experience with her music, that would be a mistake. Music without nuance or the ability to be left up to interpretation gets stale and boring relatively quickly, but Dacus uses hyper-specific thoughts and memories to trigger the kind of emotions and feelings that we all deal with. The specificities are what make her unique to herself, but they don’t limit her scope either.
Check out the video for ‘VBS’ down below. Home Video will be released on June 25.