Lucy Dacus may not be in the process of promoting or even recording her next full length, but that hasn’t stopped her from keeping busy. Aside from hitting the road this fall, Dacus has been slowly dropped holiday-themed singles, all of which will combine into a physical EP set to be titled 2019. Thus far, the she’s shared two tracks, one corresponding to Valentines’s Day, the other to Mother’s Day. And today she’s shared the next one for, you guessed it, the 4th of July.
The new track “Forever Half Mast,” just furthers the justification for Lucy Dacus doing these “holiday” singles. In so many other hands, this tactic could feel gimmicky or forced. But with Dacus, what you get instead is a deep rumination on a subject. Although “Forever Half Mast” is here to coincide with July 4th, it’s anything but celebratory. For most of its running time, the song is a breezy Dacus rocker, but things kick up significantly towards the end with more forwardly fuzzy guitar and an overall darker atmosphere. And all of this fits the mood perfectly, being that this is a song about the mixed feelings many Americans deal with related to being American.
Speaking about the theme of the track, Dacus says:
“There is a daily dissonance one endures as an American wherein much of our joy is counterweighted by shame, where much of our pride lives in tandem with injustice and suffering. “Forever Half Mast” is about confronting this unavoidable culpability as an American citizen and consumer. Instead of allowing this guilt to paralyze us, we should try to let it influence us in positive ways.“
Give a listen to “Forever Half Mast” down below.
The full EP 2019 is due out later this fall, but presumably after the rest of the tracks are released. While you wait, pick up her most recent album Historian right here.
Also catch Dacus on tour this fall. More info is available here.