Revealing the inner monologue of a war widow who can find no justification for her husband's death, ‘Damn That Valley’ is an intoxicating combination of thick dub flavours and Wall of Sound dramatics. The single finds U.S. Girls resume collaboration with producer Onakabazien, and takes inspiration and its title from American author Sebastian Junger’s War memoir. The accompanying video was shot by Remy in Washington D.C.
U.S. Girls’ music has evolved from a raw 4-track fidelity found on early Siltbreeze released work, to the approachable, unabashed pop-art of recent albums, U.S. Girls on KRAAK (2011) and Gem (2012); this clarity helping to “widen and universalise her music without losing a drop of what previously made it so special and personal” (Pitchfork).
A multidisciplinary artist, Meg’s fiercely independent and modern brand of feminism lies at the core of her work. Her explorations of themes relating to abuse and gender inequality coupled with her narrative use of an ‘everywoman’ perspective in her lyrics is particularly potent. Remy consistently emerges as a vital voice among the noise, music with something at stake.
U.S. Girls’ live show has undergone a similarly circuitous evolution. Whether she’s fronting the raucous live band version, or making use of analogue backing tracks (she’s travelled with reel to reel player and tape deck based set ups in the past), her hugely distinctive voice remains a transcending constant. She has announced a small run of North American dates down the east coast, along with select European dates at small bar venues.
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