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U.S. Girls

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 2:00 AM


This year marks a significant anniversary for U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi- disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. 10 years ago Remy first used a 4-track recorder and a microphone to self-produce a series of spontaneous, starkly musical, instant expressions. These collisions of static, clang and sung melody seem in retrospect like a uniquely American display of minimalism, an unmistakably feminine counterbalance to Nebraska or Rev & Vegas early sonic confrontations. In contrast, her latest work for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, Remys 6th album and 2nd LP for the label, was painstakingly crafted in multiple studios by a creative cast of 20+ collaborators. Remy traverses an immediate and increasingly politicized vision over the course of this decade of work. And while U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remys most individually distilled protest to date.Opening with a dark, conga-infused drum break, lead-off track Velvet For Sale establishes a moody, distinctly mysterious feel. If Half Free (Remys 2015 4AD offering) trafficked in dusty, sample-based textures, Poem represents an inversion of that instrumental formula; the non-sampled rhythms are themselves eminently sample-able. The newfound grooviness speaks to a central element of the new albums collaborative spirit. All tracks save for two were performed by The Cosmic Range, an accomplished instrumental collective from Toronto, Remys adoptive hometown. Assembled by Matthew Dunn in 2014, The Cosmic Range is composed of some of Canadas most accomplished improvisers, and includes longtime U.S. Girls producer / foil Maximilian Twig Turnbull. The Range-- whose eclectic combination of improvised psych, jazz, and propulsive dance music was first recorded on their 2016 New Latitudes debut (Idee Fixe)--is put to work here on a song cycle that is typically diverse for a U.S. Girls album. Remy is not content merely to establish a new sonic palette on successive albums. Instead she approaches each song as its own encapsulation, with the effect that her oeuvre is essentially genre-agnostic. On Poem, the buffet of sounds comprises a dizzying variety: disco, employed as a protest vernacular (Mad As Hell), as well as an unrelenting assault (Time); Remys beat-driven impulse, extended via The Cosmic Ranges vamping on hip hop producer Louis Percivals produced loops (Incidental Boogie & Pearly Gates); moody, slow-burning funk, on the Twig co-writes (Velvet 4 Sale & L-Over); and forming the emotional core of the album, two earnest synth anthems, written in collaboration with D.C. based instrumentalist, Rich Morel (Rosebud & Poem).As hectic as the stylistic detours may sound on paper, Remy and mixer / co-producer Steve Chahley will a consistent aesthetic into being, however multi-dimensional. With a voice as assured and engaged as Remys, track to track, one sees that genre-partisanship, in the contemporary music landscape, represents an irrelevantly conservative approach. The artist is intent on liberation both sonically and lyrically.Poem features dark meditations reflecting 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. In Pearly Gates a woman ingeniously decides to seduce St. Peter to assure heavenly entrance, to mixed effect, while in Incidental Boogie, a battered woman muses ironically that her partners abuse leaves so little physical evidence she can continue to show up at her job. Almost all of Remys lyrics seem to interrogate notions of morality, and the universal consequence of its deferment. As has so long been suggested in the artists work, action and inaction both have broad civic consequences. There is no escaping that the personal is entrenched in a political dimension and an acknowledgement of that may be the only liberator.In an era

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