U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

Heavy Light acts as a retrospective of Meg Remy's career so far, looking back on over ten years of U.S. Girls

Album Review by Nadia Younes | 04 Mar 2020
  • U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Album title: Heavy Light
Artist: U.S. Girls
Label: 4AD
Release date: 6 Mar

Meg Remy’s sixth album as U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited, was a fierce, biting and captivating record for angry women everywhere. Her latest, Heavy Light, however, is more personal. It looks inward and backwards, acting as a retrospective of her career so far.

Produced by Remy and recorded live with 20 session musicians, Heavy Light is rich, textured and sonically huge. It features reworked versions of old songs (Overtime, State House (It’s a Man’s World) and Red Ford Radio) and spoken word interludes (Advice to Teenage Self, The Most Hurtful Thing and The Color of Your Childhood Bedroom). All of this contributes to our understanding of the moments that have shaped Remy as a person and an artist.

As we approach the end of Heavy Light, The Quiver to the Bomb feels like a countdown. Its rapid, thumping piano keys and Remy’s sighing vocals create tension and play on the melodrama she captures so well. With its closing track a reworked version of a song she released ten years ago, Red Ford Radio, it feels like coming full circle; closing one chapter of the U.S. Girls story in order to begin a new one. 

Listen to: Woodstock '99, The Quiver to the Bomb