Review by Sarah Johnson
One woman band, U.S. Girls’ new album In A Poem Untitled, marks a decade of Meg Remy releasing music. In A Poem Untitled is Remy’s sixth studio album. With a contemporary, effeminate vibe, this album is genuinely like a breath of fresh air.
Opening track ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ projects a delicate yet groovy noise. The steady beat exhibits to listeners the intensity and independence of Remy’s sound. The added bass, guitar and synth effects maintain a groovy tone. The main element of the song, however, is Remy’s voice. The instruments act as back-up dancers with the attention drawn to her vocals, the ‘star of the show’. This slow and elegant start to the album sets us up for a consistently pleasing journey.
The album altogether is textured with vintage, kinetic and chic characteristics. Remy manages to neatly incorporate 80s vibes really well into most of A Poem Untitled’s tracks, however significantly into tracks such as ‘LO-Ver’, ‘Mad as Hell’ and ‘Time’. Synths and subtle bass lines whitewash a feeling of 80s nostalgia.
In my opinion ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Pearly Gates’ are the most modernistic of the album. Traits of these tracks include electronic sounding melodies and prominent bass lines, as well as significant beats.
Her lyrics in sixth track ‘Incidental Boogie’, highlight a woman getting abused for being independent and doing as she pleases. ”I still do what I want, and I still do what I want but now I got this man to show me I’m all wrong. He hits me left, hits me right all the time, but no marks no marks. Life is easy when there’s only pain to complete But I wonder what this incidental boogie, is really doing for me, cos I’m no closer to free” These lyrics, paired with the slightly more tough sound of the instruments in this song, are a vehicle for Remy’s feelings towards domestic abuse and abuse as a whole.
Meg Remy really tackles sexual exploitation, sexism and violence in expressive and surreal ways throughout this album. Additionally February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, so Remy’s feminist album being released also in February 2018, enforces the overall political significance of her album.
Personally, I love Meg Remy for not only her morals and opinions, but her genuinely vibrant music. I love this album and would highly recommend giving it a listen, it’s beautifully opinionated and elegantly crafted.