Label: Matador A deal with Matador Records ensued shortly after her 2016 debut album "No Burden", and the 22-year-old Virginian took her time with the follow-up, “Historian” (Matador). It represents a staggering leap. As good as “No Burden” was, “Historian” is better: songs like short stories; sneakily hard-hitting arrangements; dreaminess and catharsis, often in the space of a few verses. Dacus remains an unassuming yet persuasive singer. She rarely raises her voice, no matter how turbulent the words or the music become. She knows the lyrics are strong enough to stand on their own, without histrionics, and her confidence is well-founded. Mortality and time are the big subjects, the notion that humans hunt for their purpose while combating paralyzing doubt. It’s a rare artist who has a voice so compelling, and rarer still are the ones who learn so early on how to use it. At 23, Dacus has already made a career album with Historian, and she’s really only just getting started.