Lucy Dacus has spent this year making a diary of her feelings for the holidays. After six rousing covers that touched on everything from Valentine’s Day to Christmas, she’s wrapping up her legendary run with “Fool’s Gold,” a soft, trembling-voice led anthem about a destructive relationship that continues on well into the New Year.
“Fool’s Gold” feels like the quiet space that you sink into at a party when everyone else around you is preoccupied and you’re too busy mentally distancing yourself to pay attention. Dacus circles around an emotional whisper as the earnest track opens up for her to predict how the next year will play out with a partner. “I threw the party so I could stay put/You brought the bottle like a promise I forgot/A new year begins, it ushers us in/The knot in my gut is coming with,” she sings gloomily. There’s a “been there, done that” air to her delivery; everything that she’s experiencing is destined to happen again unless she makes a must needed change.
Take a listen to Dacus’s soft-spoken heartbreak anthem, “Fool’s Gold” up above.