Lucy Dacus is releasing a set of holiday tracks throughout the year, collectively titled 2019, which is set to be released as a physical EP in the fall. So far, she’s dropped a cover of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” for Valentine’s Day and “My Mother & I” for Mother’s Day, and now she’s dropped “Forever Half Mast” for the 4th of July.
The track is an anti-patriotic anthem revolving around Independence Day, as Dacus uses Americana instrumentation alongside melancholic melodies and glimmering vocal lines. The track sees Dacus singing beneath reverberating effects as she sings lines like, “Yes, you’re evil but you’re not that bad/ You put out your palm more than the back of your hand/ They were wrong when they said forget the past/ Let your flag fly at forever half mast.
“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,” Dacus explains in a statement. “‘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.”
Listen to “Forever Half Mast” below.