“Avant-pop provocateur.” – Rolling Stone
“Anthemic.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Rapturous pop music with a vision of better futures in mind.” – Record Collector **** (Album of the Month)
“Fiery critiques of modern America under the guise of irresistible earworms.” – Loud and Quiet (Album of the Month)
“The sheer lambent wonder of the grooves and hooks always keeps you rapt.” – The Wire
“A dizzying strut through steamy, electro disco and clavinet driven soul that spurs on funk, screams for a return to the dancefloor.”
– DJ Mag
Today, U.S. Girls releases Bless This Mess, the highly anticipated eighth album from the experimental pop project of North American multidisciplinary artist Meg Remy.
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The new album is a dynamic suite of dexterous melodies and a nuanced artistic response to the complexities of motherhood, crafted in tandem with the conception and birth of Remy’s twin boys. It expands the sonic and thematic palette of U.S. Girls, fusing the muses of funk, mythology, and the radical disorientation of joy into an electric tapestry of anthems, aches, and awakenings. Bless This Mess features previously released singles: disco masterpiece ‘Tux (Your Body Fills Me, Boo)’, slow jam gem ‘Futures Bet’, diva-era ballad ‘Bless This Mess’, and summer synth anthem ‘So Typically Now’.
As Remy’s body changed throughout the pregnancy, so did her voice; her diaphragm lost breathing room, adjusting to the growing lives inside. Many takes on Bless This Mess were tracked with the babies in utero, or in her arms. (She even samples her breast pump on the album’s poetic closing cut, ‘Pump’). The resulting performances are suffused by the physicality of this journey: more blood, more feelings, the interwoven wonders, and wounds of procreation.
The ten songs on Bless This Mess were pieced together stem by stem with a vast cast of collaborators (Alex Frankel of Holy Ghost!, Marker Starling, Ryland Blackinton of Cobra Starship, Basia Bulat, Roger Manning Jr. of Jellyfish and Beck,) and audio engineers (Neal H Pogue, Ken Sluiter, Steve Chahley, Maximilian Turnbull). Long-time collaborator, husband, and co-parent Turnbull played a key role facilitating these fluid muses. The production throughout is exquisite, warm, and wood-panelled, framing the voice, keys, bass, and rhythms in heightened textural harmony.
Bless This Mess is available digitally, on CD and on black and opaque red vinyl, with the latter exclusively available from the 4AD webstore and independent retailers outside of USA. The vinyl features an interactive die cut sleeve that reveals an exclusive full version of the cover’s imagery.
U.S. Girls will play an east coast North American tour starting on 13th April in Montreal and will wrap with two nights at Velvet Underground in Remy’s hometown Toronto. A full list of tour dates is below and ticket information found here.
13th – Centre PHI, Montreal QC, Canada
14th – The Sinclair, Boston MA, US
15th – The Foundry, Philadelphia PA, US
17th – Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY, US
18th – Union Stage, Washington DC, US
21st – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL, US
27th – Velvet Underground, Toronto ON, Canada
28th – Velvet Underground, Toronto ON, Canada
– All shows w/ Jane Inc.