Lucy Dacus Shares Second Historian Single, the Anthemic "Addictions"

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Lucy Dacus Shares Second <i>Historian</i> Single, the Anthemic "Addictions"

Historian, the sophomore album from Richmond, Va. native Lucy Dacus, has Paste collectively counting down the days until its March release. Our anticipation has only intensified with the release of “Addictions,” the second single from Dacus’ impending record.

The second track on Historian, “Addictions” is an honest, horn-assisted anthem, accompanied by a video directed by the singer-songwriter herself. Dacus, a former film student, was able to put her cinematic skills to use in the making of the video, in part a love letter to her native Richmond. A nameless protagonist explores the city, viewing it through a magical, black-and-white frame while reflecting upon her past. This visual device separates the reality of the present (the world of color) from the fantasies of the past (the black-and-white world), reinforcing the central idea of “Addictions”—how we come to rely upon substances, activities, places or people, and how hard it can be to leave them in the past. “You’ve got addictions too, it’s true,” Dacus insists as the song crescendos, forcing each one of us to look inward and take stock of all we’re holding on to.

Historian is out on March 2 via Matador Records. You can revisit the album’s initial announcement—and its superlative first single, “Night Shift”—right here. Watch the “Addictions” video below (or stream the song via your service of choice here), and find Dacus’ 2016 Daytrotter Session and tour dates further down.

Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

March
02 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07 – Charlottesville, Va. @ The Southern
08 – Charleston, S.C. @ Pour House
09 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl
10 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The High Watt
19 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar
20 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Club Congress
21 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Casbah
22 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom
23 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ The Crepe Place
24 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Rickshaw Stop
26 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
27 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Biltmore Cabaret
28 – Seattle, Wash. @ Tractor Tavern
30 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
31 – Denver, Colo. @ Globe Hall

April
02 – Omaha, Neb. @ Reverb Lounge
04 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street Entry
05 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon
06 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
07 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ The HI-FI
08 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement
09 – Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern
11 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair
13 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s
14 – Washington D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel
19 – Leeds, U.K. @ Belgrave Music Hall
20 – Glasgow, U.K. @ The Hug and Pint
21 – Manchester, U.K. @ Gullivers
22 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Hare and Hounds 2
24 – Bristol, U.K. @ Louisiana
25 – London, U.K. @ Omeara
26 – Brighton, U.K. @ The Hope and Ruin
27 – Paris, France @ Espace B
30 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Stengade

May
01 – Hamburg, Germany @ Prinzenbar
03 – Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell
04 – Amsterdam, Germany @ Sugar Factory

June
14-17 – Dover, Del. @ Firefly Festival

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