Lucy Dacus' Orlando debut alongside Mothers showcases indie rock's rising class

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Lucy Dacus at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Lucy Dacus at the Social
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Lucy Dacus and Mothers, The Social, May 6

Even though Lucy Dacus is a rising indie star in her early twenties, nearly everything about her art belies her youth. Forever in a state of cool repose, her voice is a thing of patient velvet. And in pacing and perspective, her measured songs are exercises in maturity. But add in her thoughtful, modern lyrics and the result is a sophisticated balance of accomplishment and edge.
Lucy Dacus at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Lucy Dacus at the Social
Lucy Dacus at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Lucy Dacus at the Social
Dacus is coming off a big year in 2018 that saw the Matador Records releases of both her second album (Historian) and the debut of Boygenius, the rising-class supergroup collaboration between her and the similarly ascendant Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers. To follow that up, this year will be marked by the gradual rollout of a holiday song series straightforwardly titled 2019. An interesting and fun mix of covers and originals, the singles will be themed and released around Valentine’s Day (which was a cover of Édith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose”), Mother’s Day, Independence Day, Bruce Springsteen’s birthday (yes, this counts as a holiday), Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s.
Lucy Dacus at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Lucy Dacus at the Social
Lucy Dacus at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Lucy Dacus at the Social
Having just dropped the second single (“My Mother & I”), Dacus’ campaign is barely underway. The full tracklist is under embargo but if you were at her recent Orlando debut, you were treated to about half of it. In fact, she opened the set with the song that’ll conclude the series at the end of the year, kindly requesting that no one record it for that fact.
Lucy Dacus at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Lucy Dacus at the Social
Lucy Dacus at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Lucy Dacus at the Social
There were other nice looks including fresh new material and a shuffle of the setlist on the spot to accommodate a song she heard someone in the audience wanted to hear. But in aggregate, it was a robust and melodic affair that captures a young talent who’s clearly got the goods but probably hasn’t even peaked yet.
Mothers at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mothers at the Social
Opening was Anti Records act Mothers, who themselves headlined in Orlando at Will’s Pub just last autumn. A study in dynamic tension, the experimentally inclined band juggle seemingly disparate forces. Kristine Leschper’s gossamer voice floats atop while challenging instrumental patterns work below in dense signatures of movement and math.
Mothers at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mothers at the Social
Mothers at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mothers at the Social
Mothers at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mothers at the Social
It could’ve been an ungainly mess of willfulness, and has been in lesser hands. Somehow, though, they managed it, handling all the angles and timing like technical surgeons. And though there’s very little that’s straightforward about their music, the theory and ambition of their indie rock takes a transcendental and often beautiful line that transports rather than alienates.
Mothers at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mothers at the Social
Mothers at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mothers at the Social
Mothers at the Social - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mothers at the Social

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