U.S. Girls - Half Free
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Half Free is the 4AD debut for Meg Remy's U.S. Girls project, and while the album maintains the accessibility and increased production values of her previous album, 2012's Gem, it also revisits some of the tape loop experimentation and dark subject matter of her older works. The album credits ten people among its performing roster, including Canadian hip-hop producer Onakabazien and Remy's husband Slim Twig, but the album's crushed, grainy loops and collage-like construction make it feel less like the work of a live band than Gem did.
Overall, Half Free straddles a neat balance between bittersweet pop hooks and murky, adventurous production.