Next month sees the release of Half Free, the debut album for 4AD from Meg Remy’s U.S. Girls, released 25th September.
Premiered on BBC 6Music over the weekend, new track ‘Window Shades’ has just been posted online and made available on streaming services. Built around a beat borrowed from Gloria Ann Taylor's deep disco cut ‘Love is a Hurting Thing’ - a song that husband Slim Twig heard about while perusing the Acid Archives catalogue – ‘Window Shades’ pays tribute to a lost classic.
Twig created the beat and produced the track, which Meg has draped with a wondrously dramatic tale of heartbreak. The song is notable in that it is a husband/wife collaboration echoing Gloria Ann Taylor's track; Taylor's husband and James Brown associate Walter Whisenhunt produced 'Love is a Hurting Thing'.
The accompanying video for ‘Window Shades’ is a surreal take on “Golden Era” Hollywood, with Meg cast as bandleader of The Marimba Queens. Directed by Meg and Cameron Mitchell and produced by Renata Morales, you can watch the video via the 4AD YouTube channel here, or in the player below.
Meg will be touring Half Free in North America and Europe following its release, including shows in London and New York. You can find all dates and ticket links below.
Pre-order from iTunes (with instant downloads of 'Window Shades', 'Damn That Valley' and 'Woman's Work') here.
18th - Tulane University, New Orleans LA, US
1st - Belly Up Tavern, San Diego CA, US#
2nd - The Observatory, Santa Ana CA, US#
3rd - Mezzanine, San Francisco CA, US#
5th - Roseland Theater, Portland OR, US#
6th - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC, Canada#
9th - Copenhagen Central Library, Copenhagen, Denmark [Tickets]
10th - Babel, Malmo, Sweden [Tickets]
11th - Crossroad, Oslo, Norway [Tickets]
12th - Pusterviksbaren, Gothenberg, Sweden [Tickets]
14th - Palace St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland [Tickets]
15th - Saali, Basel, Switzerland [Tickets]
16th - Covo Club, Bologna, Italy [Tickets]
17th - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Tickets]
18th - Botanique - Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium [Tickets]
25th - Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland [Tickets]
26th - Headrow House, Leeds, UK [Tickets]
27th - Broadcast, Glasgow, UK [Tickets]
28th - Corsica Studios, London, UK [Tickets]
29th - Monarch, Berlin, Germany [Tickets]
30th - King Georg, Cologne, Germany [Tickets]
12th - La Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
13th - Alphaville, Brooklyn NY, US+
14th - Mercury Lounge, New York NY, US+
15th - O'Briens Pub, Boston MA, US+
16th - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia PA, US+
17th - Comet Ping Pong, Washington DC, US+
18th - Neptune's Parlour, Raleigh NC, US+
19th - 529, Atlanta GA, US
20th - The End, Nashville TN, US
21st - Empty Bottle, Chicago Il, US
# w/ Peaches
+ w/ Escape-Ism (Ian Svenonius)