Year of Release: 2015
Toronto-based American musician Meg Remy's debut under the U.S. Girls moniker is a transfixing and emotionally inquisitive record which places an emphasis on female representation and performance, giving us various female-driven characters enacting female-centric narratives. From a war widow dealing with loss in "Damn That Valley" to a character ripped right from Michael Ondaatje's 1970s novel Coming Through Slaughter on "Sororal Feelings", elements of electro-pop, glam, industrial, hip-hop, even disco are used in order to weave various dark lyrical themes. A far cry from Remy's lo-fi roots with its cleaner production and accessible song structures, Half Free is nonetheless a pop album which never feels constrained by formula.