Lucy Dacus has released her wistful new single, ‘Hot & Heavy’, which is a personal number and shows off the storytelling instincts we’ve come to expect.
The new single follows the official release of ‘Thumbs’, a fan favourite for years and a staple of her live shows. On the other hand, ‘Hot & Heavy’ has never been heard before and is a true delight that launches the next chapter of Dacus’ career as she looks to escape the shadows of her boygenius’ teammates Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.
Commenting on the track, Dacus said: “I thought I was writing ‘Hot & Heavy’ about an old friend, but I realized along the way that it was just about me outgrowing past versions of myself. So much of life is submitting to change and saying goodbye even if you don’t want to. Now whenever I go to places that used to be significant to me, it feels like trespassing the past.
“I know that the teen version of me wouldn’t approve of me now, and that’s embarrassing and a little bit heartbreaking, even if I know intellectually that I like my life and who I am.”
‘Hot & Heavy’ is about reflecting upon the change in herself and growing as a person. However, while Dacus isn’t that same human anymore, she can still glowingly look back at her former self and those memories while acknowledging the separation. The heavyweight emotion is underpinned by accomplished storytelling and Dacus’ nouse for a soaring chorus.
Meanwhile, Dacus has announced her third solo album, Home Video, which arrives on June 25th through Matador Records. She began work on the record in 2019 when she returned to Trace Horse Studio in Nashville with collaborators Jacob Blizard, Collin Pastore, and Jake Finch to record. The forthcoming album also features her boygenius pals Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, who contribute vocals on two songs.
Dacus has also self-directed a video to go alongside the track, filmed in her local cinema that she grew up attending. The shots of Dacus in the theatre are interspersed with home videos of her childhood which ties in with the record’s theme of reflection.