Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Four songs from her new album Home Video were performed at her childhood school.

By Jordan Darville

July 15, 2021

Lucy Dacus‘s third album Home Video, released in June, deals deeply with memories and their present-day ramifications. “I think that in some ways,” Dacus said on a recent episode of The FADER Interview, “making art that is based on the past is sacrificing a memory and giving it over to a new form. You’re giving it new life, but you’re remaking it.” It’s appropriate, then, that Dacus’s episode of NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert takes place at her old stomping grounds of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia. It’s probably one of the most emotionally loaded setpieces for Tiny Desk in recent memory, with Dacus performing the Home Video songs “Brando,” “VBS,” “Going Going Gone,” and the much-adored “Thumbs.” Watch above.

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Lucy Dacus shares new song “Brando”

Lucy Dacus shares new song “Brando”
The song is set to appear on her upcoming album Home Video.

By Sajae Elder

June 08, 2021

Just ahead of the release of her new album Home Video, Lucy Dacus shared the project’s fourth single “Brando” on Tuesday. The single serves as a follow-up to previously released singles “VBS,” “Hot & Heavy,” and “Thumbs.” According to Dacus, the song was inspired by a friend in high school who seemingly wanted to live in a cinematic dreamworld.

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“’Brando’ refers to a very dramatic friend I had in high school whose whole personality was the media he consumed,” she explained in a statement about the track. “He showed me a lot of amazing movies and music, but I think he was more interested in using me as a scrapbook of his own tastes than actually getting to know me. He claimed to know me better than anyone else but I started to feel like all he wanted from me was to be a scene partner in the movie of his life.”

In addition to the release of the song, Dacus launched a video contest where participants can send clips of themselves with the song playing for a chance at being in the official music video. Home Video is out on June 25.

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Stream “Brando” above.

Thumbnail image by Ebru Yildiz

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