Lucy Dacus doesn’t seem like the homicidal type. Wielding nothing more threatening than a guitar and a level gaze, this seemingly mild-mannered Virginia songwriter is probably best known as one third of Boygenius, a supergroup that also includes Phoebe Bridgers y Julien Baker. Home Video is Dacus’s own third album of closely observed songwriting, most of which plays out at a gentle indie-rock chug or strummed lo-fi.
On the quietly devastating Thumbs, aunque, Dacus details how she would kill someone. “Quick and easy” is her claim, but the method she outlines is anything but: pushing her thumbs into a man’s eyes until they burst.
Nothing else on Home Video can match this intensity, but Dacus’s writing retains its forthrightness throughout. This album examines her Richmond youth – going to bible study camp, discovering her sexuality – with an eye for uncomfortable truths. los thumbnail sketches can ambush the listener with their acuity – such as Christine, whose low self-esteem is nailed in one finely turned couplet. “Your toothbrush is too much,” sings Dacus on Please Stay. Her music is perhaps a little uneventful in comparison, but the elegant crunch of First Time shows that Dacus can go widescreen too.