Lucy Dacus is gearing up to release her new album, Home Video, on June 25th via Matador, and today she’s shared her latest single, “Brando.”
The earworm of a track comes packed with slowly building, explosive melodies as Dacus’ silky vocals take the lead. Lyrically, Dacus uses a slew of Old Hollywood references to sing of her experiences with a temperamental relationship, delivering lines like, “I’m in a second story window / And you’re yelling at me ‘Stella!’/ And I’m laughing cause you think you’re Brando but you’ll never come close.” Today also kicks off a “Brando” video contest, where participants can send in a video of themselves dancing, skateboarding, roller blading, etc. to email@example.com for a chance to be featured in the official music video for the track.
“‘Brando’ refers to a very dramatic friend I had in high school whose whole personality was the media he consumed,” Dacus explains. “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.”
The forthcoming album, which serves as the follow-up to 2018’s Historian, sees Dacus reflecting on her coming-of-age years in Richmond, Virginia. Serving as almost a memoir, Dacus offers snapshots of specific moments of her growing up, as she was learning about the complexity of emotions and relationships.
Check out the Home Video tracklist below.
Home Video Tracklist:
01 – “Hot & Heavy”
02 – “Christine”
03 – “First Time”
04 – “VBS”
05 – “Cartwheel”
06 – “Thumbs”
07 – “Going Going Gone”
08 – “Partner In Crime”
09 – “Brando”
10 – “Please Stay”
11 – “Triple Dog Dare”
Lead photo courtesy of Ebru Yildiz.