New Show: U.S. Girls
U.S. Girls is Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meghan Remy. A captivating musical force who evolved from the raw, corrosive 4-track fidelity found on her early records to the more unabashed art-pop of U.S. Girls on KRAAK (2011) and Gem (2012) – albums which helped to “widen and universalize her music without losing a drop of what previously made it so special and personal” (Pitchfork) – her debut album for 4AD, Half Free, came out in 2015.
In a Poem Unlimited is the second U.S. Girls release for 4AD, and also includes the singles, ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ and ‘Mad As Hell’. It is scheduled for release on 16th February. Remy’s sixth studio album was tracked in collaboration with the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by Percival and Maxmilian Turnbull. A dizzying buffet of live grooves, In a Poem Unlimited represents an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy’s euphoric 4AD debut. Poem features dark meditations on charged atmospheres that directly precede and follow acts of violence. Many of the songs are character studies of women grappling with power; how to gain and exert it spiritually, as well as desperate strategies to mitigate its infliction. Remy also rallies against the public lies told by political and religious leaders, and more crucially, questions the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. While U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.
To coincide with the release of In a Poem Unlimited, U.S. Girls will tour Europe this Spring. Remy will be joined onstage by a 6-piece band. Tickets for this show go on sale this Friday (12th January), and can be picked up here.