Last year, Lucy Dacus released Home Video, her third studio album on Matador and “her most intimate and deliberately personal work to date” (T: The New York Times Style Magazine). Today, fresh off her performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Dacus unveils her contribution to the Spotify Singles series: a reworked studio rendition of Home Video standout, “Partner in Crime,” and a cover of Cher’s “Believe,” a “huge, expansive, beautiful, heart-pumping, excitement-inducing song,” says Dacus, and “iconic for its use of auto-tune.” Despite this distinct use of auto-tune in both “Believe” and the original “Partner in Crime,” Dacus’ new versions remove the auto-tune and scale back the production, bringing each songwriter’s prowess to the forefront. “I feel like some of my favorite lyrics that I’ve written are in ‘Partner in Crime’ and maybe they aren’t as noticeable because the effect takes you out of it a little bit,” Dacus says. “So, I just wanted to strip it bare and showcase the song for what it is without any tricky production moves.”
“‘Partner in Crime’ was partially inspired by ‘Believe,’ so I thought it’d be nice to pair them together. I love Cher’s voice and how low it gets. The timbre of her voice is so unique, you can recognize it anywhere. Even with the autotune, you can tell that it’s Cher and nobody else. But, on our cover, taking away the autotune, I feel like you can tell that the structure of the song is very special and I did feel myself accidentally wanting to become Cher when I was doing vocal takes. It could never happen, but I love a low voiced pop legend.”
Dacus’ Spotify Single follows “Kissing Lessons,” a Home Video B-side released earlier this year alongside a full-band rendition of fan-favorite “Thumbs.” Dacus is currently on the road supporting Home Video, including tomorrow’s performance at New York’s Summerstage in Central Park and Newport Folk Fest this weekend. She has announced 20+ more shows throughout the fall in many cities across North America she has not yet played in support of Home Video. Full dates are listed below and tickets for the newly announced shows are on sale this Friday, July 22nd at noon local time.
Home Video Tour (new dates in bold) Wed. July 20 - Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang Thu. July 21 - New York, NY @ Summerstage in Central Park Sat. July 23 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Fest (SOLD OUT) Sun. July 24 - Providence, RI @ Strand Ballroom * Mon. July 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Outdoor Stage at Power Plant Live! * (SOLD OUT) Wed. July 27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE * Thu. July 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann ! Fri. July 29 - Richmond, VA @ Brown’s Island ! Sun. July 31 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival Thu. Aug. 4 - Ogden, UT @ Ogden Twilight Series @ Fri. Aug. 5 - Bozeman, MT @ The Elm Sun. Aug. 7 - St. Charles, IA @ Hinterland Festival Tue. Aug. 9 - St. Louis, MO @ The Factory # Wed. Aug. 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom # Fri. Aug. 12 - Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live $ Sat. Aug. 13 - North Adams, MA @ MASS Moca % Thu. Aug. 25 - Edinburgh, UK @ Leith Theatre Fri. Aug. 26 - London, UK @ All Points East Festival Sat. Aug. 27 - Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine Sun. Aug. 28 - Darmstadt, DE @ Golden Leaves Festival Mon. Aug. 29 - Helsinki, FI @ Helsinki Festival Wed. Aug. 31 - Cologne, DE @ LUXOR ^ Fri. Sep. 2 - Vlieland, NE @ Into The Great Wide Open (SOLD OUT) Sat. Sep. 3 - Maastricht, NE @ Re Bruis Festival Sun. Sep. 4 - Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival Tue. Sep. 6 - Barcelona, ES @ WOLF Barcelona Thu. Sep. 8 - Málaga, ES @ Andalucia Big Festival Sat. Sep. 10 - Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Sunset Mon. Sep. 12 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Fri. Sep. 30 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall Sat. Oct. 1 - Columbia, MD @ All Things Go Festival Mon. Oct. 3 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre Wed. Oct. 5 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre Thu. Oct. 6 - Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall Fri. Oct. 7 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater Sat. Oct. 8 - Miami Beach, FL @ North Beach Band Shell Mon. Oct. 10 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder Wed. Oct. 12 - New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre Thu. Oct. 13 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn Fri. Oct. 14 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall Fri. Nov. 4 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall Sat. Nov. 5 - Calgary, AB @ Palace Theatre Tue. Nov. 8 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre Wed. Nov. 9 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre Fri. Nov. 11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Sat. Nov. 12 - Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre Sun. Nov. 13 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre Tue. Nov. 15 - Healdsburg, CA @ Little Saint Thu. Nov. 17 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater Fri. Nov. 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Sat. Nov. 19 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park * w/ Samia ! w/ Courtney Barnett and Samia @ w/ Local Natives and NoSo # Here & There Fest w/ Courtney Barnett and Quinn Christopherson $ Here & There Fest w/ Courtney Barnett, Faye Webster, and Caroline Rose & supporting The National & Here & There Fest w/ Courtney Barnett, Men I Trust, Faye Webster, The Beths, Bartees Strange, and Hana Vu ^ w/ Emperor X Watch/Listen/Share Stream/Purchase Home Video Watch "Hot & Heavy” Video Watch Tiny Desk (Home) Concert Watch “VBS” Video Listen to “Thumbs Again” Watch "Brando" Video Watch "Kissing Lessons” Video Watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Performance Best of 2021 Praise for Home Video: “Lucy Dacus’s wrenching third studio album [Home Video] is as much an achievement of memoir as it is of songwriting.” - The New York Times, Best Albums of 2021 “[On Home Video,] Dacus takes us through park benches, basements, and bunk beds, crafting gems about teenage heartbreak and friendship that make for the greatest songwriting of her career.” - Rolling Stone, #5 in Best Albums of 2021 "When captivating stories become memorable songs, that's the perfect formula for a great record. . . This sort of complexity is the brilliance of Home Video." - NPR Music, #3 in Best Albums of 2021 “In these quietly unspooling songs, Dacus lifts scenes straight from her journals and renders them anew with poetic sensuality” - Pitchfork, The 31 Best Rock Albums of 2021 “The best lyrics aren’t just beautifully poetic or descriptive, but also conjure a whole universe that lies just beyond them and out of reach. . . Lucy Dacus is a master at this craft” - TIME, #4 in Best Songs of 2021 “An emotional journey helmed by one of the masters of the art, told over raucous guitars and her unmistakable unwavering voice.” - SPIN, #5 in Best Albums of 2021 “For [Home Video], the Virginia native cements her status as a burgeoning indie-rock star.” - USA Today, #4 in Best Albums of 2021 “[Home Video] is a naked, intimate work, laced through with clear-eyed self-awareness.” - Time, 73 Great Things We Read, Listened To or Watched This Year Lucy Dacus Online: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Bandcamp
About Spotify Singles: Driving more than five billion streams since the program began in 2017, Spotify Singles was created to give artists an opportunity to record new versions of their own songs, the songs of the artists they love, or an original song. To date, there have been over 600 recordings from more than 300 artists across all genres. The complete list of Spotify Singles can be found HERE.