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Unless I'm super bad at searching for things (entirely possible), it seems there isn't much U.S. Girls chatter here? I thought she was pretty popular, relatively speaking.

Started listening to her tracks in the last month or so. Damn, she's good. Goth/dance/dub/pop/courageous singing/killer lyrics... a bit to get quite excited about here. Moves things on a bit from the Maria Minerva template, I think.

"Damn That Valley" has a demented skank that probably serves as a fine enough entry point:

New track is great too:

She's playing Boston in November. Anybody seen her live?

mr.raffles, Sunday, 16 August 2015 03:37 (four years ago) link

Saw her a few months back. Decent show, just her and some tape recorders, plus she's very cool. Damn That Valley is a good somng.

niels, Sunday, 16 August 2015 06:48 (four years ago) link


Hinklepicker, Sunday, 16 August 2015 08:21 (four years ago) link

was played some of her stuff recently - there's definitely something there. full 7-minute 'woman's work' is v cool

imago, Sunday, 16 August 2015 08:42 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

fun album

Ray Chard (NickB), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:16 (four years ago) link

does the rest of it measure up to 'woman's work'?

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:18 (four years ago) link

it's consistently good, but that would be one of the high points

Ray Chard (NickB), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:24 (four years ago) link

of the whole year, let alone this album

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:25 (four years ago) link

I've been a bit obsessed with "Sororal Feelings" the last couple of days.

silverfish, Monday, 5 October 2015 20:01 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

yeah the whole album is amazing. wonder why ilx isn't raving about it

twunty fifteen (imago), Monday, 9 November 2015 13:21 (four years ago) link

I am really into this but the voicemail skit doesn't do anything for me

boxedjoy, Monday, 9 November 2015 18:55 (four years ago) link

oh shit a whole minute of the album, ruined

twunty fifteen (imago), Monday, 9 November 2015 18:59 (four years ago) link

great album - honestly I don't think it's being snubbed or anything, there's just such a ludicrous bounty of great stuff this year

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 9 November 2015 19:22 (four years ago) link

the voicemail is an essential piece imo. 'instead of another woman with no self-esteem.' it informs so much of her attitude. i was an early fan but lost track after go grey. this album is perfect and i can't wait to see her again. last time was probably 2007 at silent barn and it was mesmerizing. not tryin to see her with peaches tho.

Yelploaf, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 02:35 (four years ago) link

she is one of the best going round

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 03:53 (four years ago) link

"Window Shades" is terrific.

art baengels (monotony), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:16 (four years ago) link

I am really into this but the voicemail skit doesn't do anything for me

central to the whole album imo. it's not a voicemail either

djp HOOS clouds (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:25 (four years ago) link

I think it's more its place in the album - it would be a great opening or memorable closer - it slows the momentum down for me.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:02 (four years ago) link

it's intentionally disruptive i think

gabba cadaver (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:56 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

the first minute of "window shades" so beautiful the way it unfolds

calstars, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 23:33 (four years ago) link

I had somehow lost track of her after Go Grey. Just got Half Free and really like it, now I need to get GEM. I loved her more scabrous stuff, but I'm impressed with how she's managed to navigate accessibility and keep her discomforting edge.

something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 31 December 2015 02:59 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

ok so i had no idea window shades heavily samples an old disco classic!


art baengels (monotony), Monday, 15 February 2016 12:37 (three years ago) link

"heavily samples" is an understatement

calstars, Monday, 15 February 2016 14:34 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Half Free is incredible - parts of it a bit Prince - very lush and late night dance floor kind of vibe - has anyone heard the wee ep Free Advice Column ? - came out around same time I think - i think four other songs not on GF - any good etc???

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Saturday, 9 April 2016 06:41 (three years ago) link

Yeah, 28 Days from that EP is nice. Her voice has a '60s girl group timbre to it.

calstars, Saturday, 9 April 2016 09:58 (three years ago) link

she's always had that thing going on with her voice yea - i think she is pretty open about her love of ronnie spector/ girl groups from 60s etc ..i am just interested in whats going on with this ep - it came out round the same time as half free - is it just incoherent leftovers or something else again? maybe i will track it down online somewhere

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Saturday, 9 April 2016 11:09 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

both advance singles from the next record have been extremely strong, i'm excited

imago, Thursday, 30 November 2017 13:05 (two years ago) link


calstars, Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:55 (two years ago) link

great stuff

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 1 December 2017 06:04 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

regulate vibes


kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:42 (two years ago) link

Didn't like the new track so much, which goes to show how strong the first two were

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:45 (two years ago) link

Haven’t heard the new one but “velvet” really fell in my assessment after several listens, not sure what happened. Just seemed kind of empty, couldn’t really suss what she was getting at?

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:21 (two years ago) link

nah that one's gr8

this would seem to be her funk album

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:25 (two years ago) link

Her voice really reminds me of stefani on mad as hell

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:27 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...



kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 10 February 2018 05:01 (one year ago) link

that grew on me over its length. helps that i like finches and avians in general

it really is going to be her funk album - unless they've all been funky and i've not noticed until now

the guy in the video is her husband which is nice (apparently he's a musician of localised renown himself)

imago, Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:11 (one year ago) link

that's quite a title

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:04 (one year ago) link

headline aside the album is great

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:37 (one year ago) link

Looking forward to hearing this. She reminds me of Solex, especially on sororal feelings - never a bad thing

kolakube (Ross), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:53 (one year ago) link

Maybe my favourite band going rn? idk anymore I love this music so much

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:56 (one year ago) link

new album's great

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:57 (one year ago) link

as good a place to hop into the U.S. Girls thing as any other album, for sure.

mr.raffles, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 05:38 (one year ago) link

Raffles and fgti otm

L-o-v-e-r is such a great bad romance track. Love the theme of vouching for your sensitivity in a cold relationship

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:40 (one year ago) link

gave this a first listen while coming in to work. This is good.

silverfish, Friday, 16 February 2018 14:00 (one year ago) link

hooooly shit 'incidental boogie'!!!

imago, Friday, 16 February 2018 19:14 (one year ago) link

Yeah this album is great

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 20:29 (one year ago) link

on a par with Half Free but it's a good par

'poem' is another excellent non-single

imago, Friday, 16 February 2018 22:03 (one year ago) link

Mad As Hell (aka MAH), Rosebud, Incidental Boogie are excellent. The other singles are pretty nifty too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 22:46 (one year ago) link

Mad As Hell is so great!

in twelve parts (lamonti), Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:52 (one year ago) link

"Incidental Boogie," an excellent Eno-worthy title, is my ear worm.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 22 February 2018 18:14 (one year ago) link

"Incidental Boogie" is terrific.
Probably my #2 after "Rage...".

As for the singing... while she doesn't (I don't think) have the natural ability or range of Billy Mackenzie,
I def hear a touch of him in her more adventurous or dramatic note/performance choices.

mr.raffles, Thursday, 22 February 2018 19:33 (one year ago) link

Yeah I love this album. "Pearly Gates" is my current jam, but it's all good -- one of those records that ends too soon so I just put it on again.

pearly gates is great but we can all admit it rips "regulate" right?

na (NA), Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:02 (one year ago) link

I think you meant "and" not "but" -- part of what makes it great!

fair enough

na (NA), Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:10 (one year ago) link

"Time" reminds me of some of the extended grooves on Remain in Light.

I disliked it at first because it evoked a lot of white art funk that I find stale but the last two minutes are sultry!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:14 (one year ago) link

White art funk for sure, but it's got verve. And it does turn into a proper live jam at the end.

I figured out what "Rage of Plastics" reminds me of, even sonically: a jam from Approximately Infinite Universe-era Yoko.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:41 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

whoa this album is good, i'd never listened to U.S. Girls before

alpine static, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:59 (one year ago) link

I had, but I didn't give this album a full play until a couple nights ago. As I mentioned to Soto on fb, there's nothing else that not only sounds like this right now, but there's nothing even coming from the same place and her brain is tapped into a wholly different timeline than everyone else. I LOVE THIS RECORD.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:26 (one year ago) link

^ otm

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:58 (one year ago) link

It is quite good. Need to listen to the older stuff now.

circa1916, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:11 (one year ago) link

great record, i'm too old to keep up with the buzzing stuff these days but this is really good

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:51 (one year ago) link

I mentioned this in my review but what it reminds me of more than anything is From the Choirgirl Hotle

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:37 (one year ago) link


aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:37 (one year ago) link

excellent review katherine. Re Tori aspects- I wish I could see the Tori similarity but I can't

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:35 (one year ago) link

it's partly musical -- "Velvet 4 Sale" really, really reminds me of "Liquid Diamonds" or "Cruel," or jumping ahead things like "Give" -- and partly the lyrics; "Pearly Gates" would fit right in with "Body and Soul," "God," etc. (less optimistic though)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:38 (one year ago) link

i can see a similarity in the drum tempo to liquid diamonds for sure. definitely agree there's a thematic kinship as you pointed out in the review

it's an interesting one to consider, thanks

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:41 (one year ago) link

I like this record a lot but I'm not entirely convinced by the assertion that there's nothing much sounding like this now.

Matt DC, Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:48 (one year ago) link

Besides the other vocal similarities/influences mentioned above, my wife made an I think astute association with early '80s Stevie Nicks. The whole album feels referential to that era, where disco and postpunk and new wave were all sliding around together. But it also doesn't feel retro. Interesting record with a lot of good songs.

there have been a couple of times when a track off this has come up on shuffle and I’ve been like wow, jenny hval has really upped her game oh wait

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Thursday, 15 March 2018 16:33 (one year ago) link

I just came out of their Vancouver concert and you best believe that Time is just as incredible live as you think it would be

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 26 March 2018 05:43 (one year ago) link

Oh I was there too! And it was so good! And the band is still so new, I can’t even imagine how amazing they’ll be in a year

The full band versions of “Mad As Hell” and “Window Shades” were heavenly

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 26 March 2018 16:58 (one year ago) link

Can't believe I forgot about that show

tinnitus the night (Ross), Monday, 26 March 2018 17:44 (one year ago) link

Saint etienne definitely seems a fair reference point for rosebud

tinnitus the night (Ross), Monday, 26 March 2018 17:45 (one year ago) link

going tonight

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Monday, 26 March 2018 20:24 (one year ago) link

Also going tonight in Seattle. First time seeing her since 2008.

Yelploaf, Monday, 26 March 2018 23:50 (one year ago) link

there's a Yelploaf now?

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:12 (one year ago) link

Yes, I've been here (by other names) since '03.

Anyhow, really enjoyed the show. She and her band, The Cosmic Range, seem primed for festival stages. I don't think it's the best vehicle for her, though. Street clothes, fronting a 7 piece band which vamps liberally... not the move. She danced out into the crowd for the last song and smacked me on the elbow. I didn't turn at first but she did it again and said something like, "Why so sad?"

Why indeed.

Yelploaf, Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:13 (one year ago) link

Oh, that band is not The Cosmic Range, btw, but Meg and her husband Max (Slim Twig) and a bunch of Toronto friends assembled for this tour

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:00 (one year ago) link

She really picked a good crop of ringers tho

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:01 (one year ago) link

Wish I could see them tomorrow, but terrible timing in that the very great Mint Field are playing separately. Next time!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:06 (one year ago) link

Still a great show and I'm absolutely happy about any success she has. I hope, though, that she'll not abandon the 'singing into my hairbrush to doo-wop loops' vibe (which may be an unfair way to characterize U.S. Girls). I own all the records and support all she does.

Yelploaf, Monday, 2 April 2018 01:56 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Still playing this lots. Saw the middle show in Brooklyn a few weeks back. A little bummed that I dance to it more in my apartment than I did there but hey, spilt milk.

tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:31 (one year ago) link

how was the show? it was sold out before I could get tickets

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:46 (one year ago) link

I thought it was great. They were tight, musically, and had an endearing stage presence/character. They did an extended jam on "time" which was awesome.

tomorrow, Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:22 (one year ago) link

Their KEXP performance is so good, they sound amazing live... had no idea there were so many people in the band:


✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 30 April 2018 21:26 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

This album just rips. Especially Time which is a face melter if I’ve ever heard one. Rosebud definitely brings to mind st Etienne

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:31 (one year ago) link

imo Time drags the album down somewhat, it feels like a slightly dull plod

imago, Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:40 (one year ago) link

lol whut

i see it as a long form bookend of a great album

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:42 (one year ago) link

Her previous album ended with the face melter to end all face melters, but I just can't get with Time, sorry

imago, Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link

Oh yeah woman’s work was a bomb !

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:58 (one year ago) link

one year passes...


Opening of Window Shades Kills me every time

calstars, Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:23 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

New album already! Heavy Light out March 6th.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 13 January 2020 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

Oh snap IN
Just in time for my birthday

ascai, Monday, 13 January 2020 16:08 (two weeks ago) link


Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 13 January 2020 17:32 (two weeks ago) link


josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 13 January 2020 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

First single sounds like she is doubling down on the slicked up sorta disco/ gospel sound of Poem - its good but I do miss a bit of the ole bleeding damaged white noise. This song also made me realise that I guess it has always been a big part of her sound to have the vocals sitting so high in the mix.

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 13 January 2020 23:32 (two weeks ago) link

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