ALBUM REVIEW: U.S. Girls – Half Free | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 25.9.15

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On her earlier work as U.S. Girls, Meg Remy dealt in stubborn, elusive tape manipulation and distorted vocalisations that dragged the listener in yet kept them at a remove. On her debut album for 4AD, Remy has managed to bring a nascent pop sensibility to the fore without losing the channel-surfing array of sounds her work invokes. Throughout Half Free, you hear snatches of seventies MOR, disco and freaked-out dub floating in and out as if caught in some surreal dream, Remy’s vocals your guide and narrator through this curious nocturnal other-world. It’s the songs where Remy really shows her song writing chops, like superb closer Women’s Work, that conjure the most unsettling atmospheres. A ready-made soundtrack for the new Twin Peaks season.

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