Lucy Dacus has got penning songs of softly simmering heartache down to a science, but she isn’t ruling out falling in love just yet. Thursday, the indie rocker released her own 21st-century take on the Édith Piaf classic “La Vie En Rose,” just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“From the first time I heard it, I thought ‘La Vie En Rose’ was a perfect song. Hearing it, I knew that, one day, I would fall in love,” Dacus says in a statement. “I want someone to listen to this while running at top speed to the doorstep of the person they adore, ready to profess their deep, undying love.”
Dacus’ crooning cover features her signature clear vocals, warbling over chiming piano in both English and French. Persistent drums and bass update the classic ode to love with a refreshingly buoyant rhythm that delivers a final ballad as shimmery and rosy as the life in pink it famously reveres.
The cover is the first of multiple songs Dacus is set to release this year, as she’s announced that a new holiday-inspired song series titled 2019 is also on the way, to be released later this year as a physical EP.
2019 will be comprised of originals and covers tied to specific holidays, each of which will be released around their respective date: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (and Taurus season), Independence Day, Bruce Springsteen’s birthday (Sept. 23), Halloween, Christmas,= and New Year’s. The EP has been in the works for two years now.
“La Vie En Rose” is the perfectly daydream-y way to usher in new love and new music, but her devastatingly beautiful “Night Shift” will always be there for the nights your most faithful lover proves to be a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
Listen to her rendition of “La Vie En Rose” (plus a 2016 Dacus performance from the Paste archives) below and find a Dacus show near you via the tour dates listed further down.
Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:
01 – Durham, N.C. @ Motorco Music Hall
02 – Charleston, S.C. @ Charleston Pour House
04 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Saturn
05 – Oxford, Mass. @ Proud Larry’s
07 – Dallas, Texas @ Ruins
08 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
09 – Austin, Texas @ Barracuda
11 – Norman, Okla. @ Opolis
12 – Lawrence, Kan. @ The Bottleneck
13 – Columbia, Mo. @ Rose Music Hall
14 – Lexington, Ky. @ Cosmic Charlie’s
15 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall
07 – Savannah, Ga. @ Savannah Stopover Festival
08 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Barley’s Tap Room
09 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement East
11 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement
12 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Ninth Ward
14 – Ithaca, N.Y. @ The Haunt
15 – Woodstock, N.Y. @ Colony
16 – Northampton, Mass. @ Pearl Street Club
17 – Portland, Maine @ SPACE Gallery
19 – Providence, R.I. @ Columbus Theatre
20 – Jersey City, N.J. @ White Eagle Hall
21 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
22 – Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat
27 – Sydney, Aus. @ Oxford Art Factory
28 – Brisbane, Aus. @ Black Bear Lodge
29 – Melbourne, Aus. @ Northcote Social Club
30 – Bambra, Aus. @ By The Meadow Festival
05 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Shaky Knees Festival
31 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
01 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
08 – Porto, Portugal @ NOS Primavera Sound
04 – Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival