4AD – March 6th

U.S. Girls’ Meghan Remy assembled a cast of 20 session musicians – including Bruce Springsteen’s right hand man, Jake Clemons – to record her seventh album, Heavy Light live to tape, resulting in a distinctly choral, spacious sound that feels strangely sparse, despite the fact if you listen closely, there are about a million interesting things going on at any one time.

Spoken-word interludes reminisce on not entirely pleasant childhood experiences, while the record is concerned more widely with hindsight and its personal and cultural ramifications. Weighty themes indeed, but it’s an uncomplicated treat of a listen that contains some of Remy’s best work. ‘4 Best American Dollars’ in particular is among her finest songs, ‘And Yet It Moves / Y Se Meuve’ her most formidable groove.

Buy: U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

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