2019 ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR | U.S. Girls | | The JUNO Awards
JUNO WEEK 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

U.S. Girls, the name Meghan Remy gave her then-abrasive solo project. Armed with a gigantic reel-to-reel tape machine, Remy's earliest performances included tape recordings of primitive percussion and vocal performances both aggressive and darkly moody. This early phase resulted in two albums released on the Siltbreeze label, 2008's Introducing and 2010's Go Grey, as well as numerous 7" singles, cassettes, and CD-Rs on small labels. In this time Remy toured the U.S. and Europe extensively, lugging her only sometimes functional reel-to-reel around and sometimes traveling via Greyhound bus. In 2013, U.S. Girls released Free Advice Column, a four-song EP co-produced by frequent collaborator Onakabazien (Louis Percival), on Bad Actors Inc. The revered indie label 4AD signed U.S. Girls in 2015, releasing a dubby single called "Damn That Valley." The full-length Half Free arrived in September, continuing the project's increase in accessibility while retaining the dark moods and offbeat tape loops of earlier recordings. After touring as an eight-piece, Remy cut down on samples and recorded with a live band that included members of the freewheeling improv collective the Cosmic Range. With lyrics reflecting the moment's social and political distress, the resulting In a Poem Unlimited followed in 2018.