Lucy Dacus Transforms Cher’s “Believe” Into Dreamy Indie-Pop; Fall Tour Announced


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Rock Cellar Magazine

Cher’s “Believe” is an enduring classic, a global smash-hit first released in 1998 that powered its way around the world on the strength of its infectious melody and dance-pop composition. It’s perhaps due to the original version’s grandiosity that this new cover from Lucy Dacus is so striking.

Drastically reinventing the tune, Dacus’ rendition dabbles more in the direction of dreamy indie/pop, a more deliberate pacing slowing things down and allowing the song’s memorable hook to feel that much more epic. It was released as part of a Spotify Singles series entry from Dacus, the acclaimed singer/songwriter/member of boygenius alongside Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers:

The other song in the new Spotify set is a reworking of “Partner in Crime,” from Dacus’ June 2021 album Home Video.

Both tracks are linked, Dacus explained in a statement:

“‘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 will continue touring in support of Home Video in the months to come; catch a show:

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



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