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U.S. Girls

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10 years ago Meg Remy released Red Ford Radio, a haunted AM radio transmission taken from her sophomore album as U.S. Girls. Its stark arrangement is comprised of two elements - a hypnotic, chant-like vocal cast against a reverb-doused drum machine. Rhythm and voice; a beat, and a story. While Remys subsequent album works have been marked by increasingly colourful adornments, this elemental dynamic has remained at the core of her work. Its little surprise then, that Remy has returned to this early mastery of form, capping a decade of U.S. Girls and closing Heavy Light, her latest album for 4AD, with a newly captured version of Red Ford Radio.Recorded live at Montreals acclaimed studio Hotel 2 Tango and featuring 20 odd session musicians, Heavy Light is an architectural achievement for an artist whose career began with a 4 track tape recorder and a Greyhound bus pass. Following the subversive sheen of 2018s In A Poem Unlimited, Remy has taken a deeply introspective about-face to produce a set of mindful compositions on hindsight, the passage of time, the delicate balance of the conscious and the unconscious, and the pursuit of a radical empathy. The album was written and recorded while Remy was still touring her formidable U.S. Girls Poem band, incinerating stages with an anachronistic blend of politicized disco pop and aggressive, theatrical improvisation. In counterbalance to this energy, she worked with co-writers Basia Bulat and Rich Morel to develop the core of Heavy Light, a set of songs conceived as a richly arranged balance between orchestral percussion (as arranged by percussionist Ed Squires) and the human voice. In studio, group harmony vocals were undertaken by a cast of diverse singers (conducted by Kritty Uranowski) who lent not only their voices, but also shared reflections on childhood experience. These memories were prompted by Remy in recorded interviews she later collaged into moving spoken word interludes, stitching t
May 05, 2020
May 05, 2020
U Street Music Hall 1115 U Street NW Washington, District of Columbia 20001 United States
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