Consider this fair warning – this Thursday at Monarch, Meghan Remy under her alias U.S. Girls, will be gracing us with her presence. Although  you may be mostly familiar with her earlier recordings, U.S. Girls on Kraak or Gem, Meg will be promoting her latest album, Half Free. Like said previous works, this album was co-produced by long time friend and partner Slim Twig and features a definitive realization of what Half Free was meant to offer. An impressive collection of stirring vocals, nostalgic jingles, drawn out synth and eery pulses form another completely original creation that simply hasn’t been done in the same way before. It’s no surprise that a defining characteristic of Meg’s music is her lucid voice – one of the many draws of the recently released album and her overall sound.  Half Free strips away much of the previously used distortion, keeping undercurrents of these raw and lamenting lead vocals to be where they should be – in focus. One of the most compelling elements of the album is the distortion of pop itself; while objecting to the typical formula, Meg concocts something original that lingers with you long after the song has ended, luring you back into each vivid tale. While each song seems to function as a sinister platform, restlessly exploring themes within the realm of feminism such as gender equality and abuse, Meg isn’t secretive about her stance as a completely unapologetic feminist artist. This show is sure to be busy so make sure to show up early and thank Shameless/Limitless and Puschen for making it all possible, and then enjoy the rest of your night.

Half Free is available now via 4AD.

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