Duo Lucius on working with Brandi Carlile and their pandemic dance album

Dave Gil de Rubio Last Word Features

The Austrian novelist Vicki Baum once said, “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.” It’s a mantra Lucius embraced when they embarked on cutting “Second Nature,” the quartet’s fourth album, which was released in April 2022.

Co-produced by respected producer Dave Cobb and singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, the 10-song outing is steeped in thumping grooves and vintage disco vibes. Anchoring the project are the founding members of Lucius, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, whose synchronized vocals reflect the aesthetic of twinning they engage in, whether it’s wearing the same outfits while performing or simultaneously wielding keytars as they did on a recent episode of “Austin City Limits.”

If you go

Lucius and opener Abraham Alexander will perform at the Top Hat on Monday, Nov. 14. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $28 in advance.

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