Meg Remy’s band, U.S. Girls, has never stood still. Every album plays with different style and genres, and this time she’s digging deep into Blondie, David Bowie, and the golden age of pop music. And the results are…Flawless.
Take a song like Incidental Boogie, which feels like 1970s disco with heavier propulsion. It seems like a dance song–something to get into a trance and just move your body–but then, once you’re fully under its spell, you’ll hear the lyrics: “I needed a partner/To creep in and feel his stead/Life made no sense without a beating, you see?/And life was just too quiet/Without no one screaming at me…” It’s a brutal, unflinching take on domestic violence. And then there’s “L-Over,” about an emotionally distant lover, which also feels like sugar pop, but the chorus goes: “O, I’ll only say this once/V, I’m very sensitive/E, Everything’s a mess/R, I’m repenting that L ‘cos it’s over/My lover, it’s over.”
Yeah, the words are just as important as the music on this album, and the fact that they’re delivered over some of the catchiest pop hooks of the year makes this album even more subversive: It’s a path to empowerment through speaking truth to power, delivered perfectly.