Lucy Dacus doesn’t know she writes songs.

“Writing feels like something happens to me instead of something that I’m doing,” the 24-year-old musician said. “I don’t feel like I have much control over the songs.”

That hasn’t stopped her songs from becoming indie rock legends. The only breakup song Dacus has ever released, “Night Shift” off her sophomore album “Historian,” was chosen as one of the top songs of 2018 by NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” and it’s easy to see why. Dacus’s voice shifts from soft and lilting (“I’m doing fine/trying to derail my one-track mind”) to a melodic powerhouse by the end of the song, which builds over 6 minutes and 30 seconds. At no point, even at its softest, does her voice get lost in the noise. By the end of the song, Dacus is all but screaming (“You’ve got a nine to five/so I’ll take the night shift”). The song has garnered over 10 million streams on Spotify alone, a number the Richmond, Virginia native says is so huge she can’t quite conceptualize. She said in the past she’s mostly wrote by herself, while on walks or hanging out alone, but doesn’t want to pigeonhole herself into one specific way.

“I try not to make rules for myself, because then that cuts off all the other ways that songs can happen,” Dacus said.

She’s always loved music, she said, but didn’t start paying guitar and writing songs until she saw someone she admired doing so.

“I had a camp counselor [at] a winter camp that had a guitar, and I thought she seemed so cool,” Dacus said. “So I went home and bought a guitar and would bring it to sleepovers, and we would write songs for our crushes.”

Earlier in September, Dacus released a song she didn’t write: “Dancing in the Dark,” by Bruce Springsteen. That song was actually a birthday gift to her Springsteen-loving dad.

“[I thought], I’ll give my dad the best birthday gift that I could ever give, which is covering a Bruce song. And now I kind of feel like I can’t really top that,” she said. “I was like, this is kind of the best I can do. You’re getting socks from now on.”

The Springsteen cover is the latest in a string of releases from Dacus, including a song all in French and the anti-anthem “Forever Half Mast,” released just over a week before the Fourth of July. And on October 8, she released a cover of Phill Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” just in time for Halloween and for her shows in Bozeman and Missoula. Dacus said a new album is in the works, although she doesn’t yet have a timeline for when it’ll be finished.

In 2018, Dacus and fellow musicians Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers formed the supergroup boygenius and wrote a six-song album in only four days, according to Pitchfork. That album, bearing the same name as the supergroup, garnered an impressive 8.3 rating from Pitchfork and millions of listens on an array of streaming platforms. The six songs on the album all shine for different reasons, but Montanans may be able to relate to “Ketchum, ID” more than the others — an ode to escaping into Idaho’s very Montana-like mountains, away from the madness of tours and cities. (Dacus’s boygenius bandmate Baker has played several shows in Montana, including a 2017 show opening for legendary pop-punk band Paramore in Billings).

Dacus and her band have only played in Montana one other time, in Missoula at the Decemberists’ Travelers Rest festival, sharing the main stage with bands like Death Cab for Cutie and artists like Mavis Staples. Driving through the state on the way to West Coast tours has given Dacus and the band a taste of the state we call home.

“I think we all have a soft spot for for how gorgeous it is,” she said. “I think there’s a contagious serenity that we all inhabit there.”

Lucy Dacus is playing at The Rialto in Downtown Bozeman on Wednesday, October 16, with openers Liza Anne and Sun June. Tickets are available at the Rialto box office, Logjam’s official website, and at Cactus Records.