With her third album Home Video coming out later this month, Lucy Dacus is giving us one final teaser to follow up “Thumbs”, “Hot & Heavy” and “VBS”. This one’s called “Brando”, and she introduces it by saying:
“‘Brando’ refers to a very dramatic friend I had in high school whose whole personality was the media he consumed. 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.”
“You told me to skip school,” Dacus begins, while muffled drum machines set a pacey march like a quickening heartbeat as she and her friend escape the classroom. From there we’re sucked into Dacus’ vivid reminiscences, which encompass re-enacting scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire, quoting classic movies, and dancing around each other’s feelings and intentions: “you admit you think we’re fated / I’ll be lucky if I’m your third wife.” As her memories and emotions come in an unending torrent, Dacus’ voice remains steady and her words as on-point as ever. The arrangement is not flashy but is packed with plenty of minute sonic details that accentuate the pulse-quickening effect of these reminiscences.
Watch the lyric video for “Brando” below or listen to it on streaming platforms.