A Year In December is a series of notes in which I talk about a song a day until the end of the year, limiting myself to one paragraph. They will be songs that have been part of my aural life this year so most of them are relatively new releases. Today, I talk about something by Lucy Dacus.

This is probably the song I’ve played the most often this year. There are the lyrics, that capture the bitterest of moods one can be after a break-up. Then there are what I can only call song ‘acts.’ From the first verses’ slow strum and vocals, to the bit more pushy second verses, the solo chorus, and the thumping guitars and vocals drowning in fuzz (which just makes me think of the suffocation one can feel in such times). But of course, the part that always get me is the near-primal burst of energy towards the end. Lucy Dacus does it that in a room full of people. I wish I had the courage to do it in an empty room.

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