Lucy Dacus has shared new single “Thumbs”, a live favourite that was originally written in Autumn 2018. The new heartbreaking single features just Dacus’ swaying vocals over a distant synth pad as she tells the story of helping a friend to move on from a past lover. It’s emotionally fuelled and you can feel it in every corner of the song, with Dacus masterfully placing you in that moment with the weight of it all washing over you with the wind samples.
Speaking on the new single Dacus said:
Like most songs I write, I wasn’t expecting it and it made me feel weird, almost sick. It tells the story of a day I had with a friend during our freshman year of college, a significant day, but not one that I had thought of for years. I started playing it live a month or so later during the boygenius tour after Phoebe and Julien encouraged me to. I knew I wanted a long time to get used to playing it since it made me feel shaky, so I ended sets with it for about half the shows I played in 2019. Before I played it, I would ask the audience to please not record it, a request that seems to have been respected, which I’m grateful for.
Listen to the new song below.