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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:
https://youtu.be/93yOrb04Eao

New track is great too:
https://youtu.be/x9IMOrF_6EE

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

mr.raffles, Sunday, 16 August 2015 03:37 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

Amazeballs

Hinklepicker, Sunday, 16 August 2015 08:21 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

fun album

Ray Chard (NickB), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:16 (two years ago) Permalink

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

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:18 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Ray Chard (NickB), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:24 (two years ago) Permalink

of the whole year, let alone this album

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:25 (two years ago) Permalink

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

silverfish, Monday, 5 October 2015 20:01 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

boxedjoy, Monday, 9 November 2015 18:55 (two years ago) Permalink

oh shit a whole minute of the album, ruined

twunty fifteen (imago), Monday, 9 November 2015 18:59 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

she is one of the best going round

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 03:53 (two years ago) Permalink

"Window Shades" is terrific.

art baengels (monotony), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:16 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

it's intentionally disruptive i think

gabba cadaver (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:56 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

calstars, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 23:33 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqprictNQW8

art baengels (monotony), Monday, 15 February 2016 12:37 (two years ago) Permalink

"heavily samples" is an understatement

calstars, Monday, 15 February 2016 14:34 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

Agree!

calstars, Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:55 (two months ago) Permalink

great stuff

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

one month passes...

regulate vibes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9PLXHDEUFE

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:42 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

nah that one's gr8

this would seem to be her funk album

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Her voice really reminds me of stefani on mad as hell

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:27 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cFnewlPpzI

dopest

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 10 February 2018 05:01 (one week ago) Permalink

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 week ago) Permalink

that's quite a title

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

headline aside the album is great

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

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 week ago) Permalink

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 week ago) Permalink

new album's great

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:57 (six days ago) Permalink

totally.
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 (six days ago) Permalink

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 (six days ago) Permalink

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

silverfish, Friday, 16 February 2018 14:00 (four days ago) Permalink

hooooly shit 'incidental boogie'!!!

imago, Friday, 16 February 2018 19:14 (four days ago) Permalink

Yeah this album is great

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 20:29 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

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

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 22:46 (four days ago) Permalink

Mad As Hell is so great!

in twelve parts (lamonti), Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:52 (three days ago) Permalink

I'm loving the angry swirl of this record.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 February 2018 13:12 (three days ago) Permalink

hell yeh this rules

nxd, Saturday, 17 February 2018 13:27 (three days ago) Permalink

I love "Half Free"'s A-side more than any other record ever, prob

Not meant to detract from either artist in saying this, but I've always been annoyed that the sound-world that Solex proposed wasn't further explored by other artists subsequently, and to my ears US Girls are exploring and expanding that world

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:36 (three days ago) Permalink

Fgti, I mentioned solex earlier - great minds ;-)

She's hard to beat tho and underrated but US Girls are definitely carrying that torch

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:42 (three days ago) Permalink

Nothing here quite as incredible as Woman's Work but then I think that was my #1 in the 2015 traxpoll

imago, Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:49 (three days ago) Permalink

Incidental Boogie definitely from the same sound-world mind you

imago, Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:50 (three days ago) Permalink

M.A.H. is awesome. I like the whole record, need to listen more. I sort of miss her scabrous noise days, but it's also cool that she's done a whole range of things since then.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:28 (sixteen hours ago) Permalink

Also 2nd/3rd the otms about Solex.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:29 (sixteen hours ago) Permalink

Might have heard part of the last album but this is the first new thing i’ve bought in forever without really knowing what it would sound like. Seems great so far.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:38 (sixteen hours ago) Permalink

(Just realized I have used the word scabrous twice in this thread, which is probably overselling her scabrousness. But she was pretty murky, kind of industrial. I love the new stuff too.)

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 04:17 (fifteen hours ago) Permalink

The timbre of her voice on this record in particular reminds me a lot of mid-90s Kylie.

monotony, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:10 (thirteen hours ago) Permalink

i've been thinking the exact same thing, Will!

joshywinty (josh), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:13 (thirteen hours ago) Permalink

Yeah, spot on. Put this on and after a few songs my girlfriend asked "uh...are you listening to a Kylie Minogue album?"

triggercut, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:22 (twelve hours ago) Permalink

it hadn't occurred to me but she really does sound so much like Kylie

this album is excellent & so is her band. i was surprised to learn that Rage of Plastic and Time are both covers, they're so thoroughly transformed. Time is especially a highlight

here are the originals:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH39LembpDQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1L-YQK756g

ufo, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:08 (five hours ago) Permalink

Kylie, yes, but Olivia Newton-John more.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:15 (five hours ago) Permalink


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