U.S. Girls Free Advice Column EP on LP
As U.S. Girls, Meg Remy’s music is a long-running, art-driven study in bold contrasts. Her earliest Siltbreeze recordings established a precedent; how far can ‘pop’ songs be pushed into the red before they cease to be recognized as pop? Her records for European labels, Kraak and FatCat furthered her obsession with duality. They effortlessly blend disparate parts like the sweet and the tough, the feminine and the abrasive, the immediate and the opaque. Progressive meditations, they display what it means to be a soul singer (and a woman) in the new millennium.
Her newest release, Free Advice Column EP, may be her clearest statement yet. While certainly her most commercial-sounding recording, it promises also to stand among her most vanguard and original efforts; a dynamic as full of contrast as they come. Working with Canadian hip hop producer, Onakabazien (their first collaboration was the imaginative, acclaimed reworking of Brandy & Monica’s "The Boy Is Mine," on U.S. Girls on Kraak), Remy has concocted a set of classically-structured, narrative gems.
In the process, she ups the sonic ante with her manipulation of Onakabazien’s blasted beats. In the past decade, many have striven to emulate the exuberance and liberation of the girl group era, but few have achieved a sound as modern as Remy’s in the process. Splitting the labor between them, Remy was able to concentrate her energy on lyric writing and her gift for precise and hypnotizing vocal melodies. Onakabazien, meanwhile, continued to refine his take on psyched-out, deeply heavy beats.
The fusion is a potent and energizing one from two artists operating at the height of their talent. Evoking inspirations as varied as the Supremes and M.O.P, the Free Advice Column EP promises to be among the most original releases of the year. It invites the growing audience for U.S. Girls to start salivating over the prospect of a full-length collaboration with Onakabazien.
U.S. Girls Free Advice Column EP Track Listing:
2. 28 Days
3. Incidental Boogie
4. Onakabazien - Disco 2012 (feat. U.S. Girls)