Present ‘Pearly Gates’ Single + Video
Listen/Watch Here: 4AD.co/PearlyGates
In a Poem Unlimited Released 16 February 2018
UK & European Tour Dates Announced
Photographed by Colin Medley
Today, U.S. Girls, presents a new song, ‘Pearly Gates’ from her forthcoming album, In a Poem Unlimited, plus details of a European tour in the Spring.
On ‘Pearly Gates’, protean pop revisionist Meg Remy describes a woman who wishes to seduce St. Peter to secure entry to the heavenly realm, with mixed results. With music written by long-time U.S. Girls collaborator Louis Percival, performed by Toronto-based The Cosmic Range, and featuring vocalist James Baley, Remy explains, “Some years back a story was recounted to me about a man attempting to convince a woman to engage in unprotected sex by saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’m really good at pulling out.’ I thought this was a hilariously stupid thing to say and knew one day I would build a song around this line.”
The single’s celestial companion video was directed by Chrissy Jones, who stars alongside Fizzy. Watch the visuals in full below.
By U.S. Girls featuring James Baley
Directed by Chrissy Jones
To coincide with the release of In a Poem Unlimited, U.S. Girls will tour Europe this Spring. Meg Remy will be joined on stage by a 6-piece band. Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday.
U.S. GIRLS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
30 April – AMSTERDAM, Melkweg Theaterzaal
1 May – BRUSSELS, Les Nuits Botanique
3 May – BERLIN, Kantine
4 May – VLIELAND, Here Comes The Summer
6 May – COPENHAGEN, Hotel Cecil
8 May – COLOGNE, Gewoelbe
9 May – ZURICH, Rote Fabrik
10 May – BASEL, Kaserne
11 May – BOLOGNA, Locomotiv Club
14 May – PARIS, Point Ephemere
16 May – LONDON, Scala
17 May – BIRMINGHAM, The Hare and Hounds
18 May – MANCHESTER, Soup Kitchen
In a Poem Unlimited is the second U.S. Girls release for 4AD, and also includes the singles ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ and ‘Mad As Hell’ . It is scheduled for release on 16th February. Remy’s sixth studio album was tracked in collaboration with the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by Percival and Maximilian Turnbull. A dizzying buffet of live grooves, In a Poem Unlimited represents an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy’s euphoric 4AD debut.
Poem features dark meditations on charged atmospheres that directly precede and follow acts of violence. Many of the songs are character studies of women grappling with power; how to gain and exert it spiritually, as well as desperate strategies to mitigate its infliction. Remy also rallies against the public lies told by political and religious leaders, and more crucially, questions the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. While U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In a Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.
U.S. GIRLS – IN A POEM UNLIMITED
[4AD 0046 – LP / CD / DL] 1. Velvet 4 Sale
2. Rage Of Plastics
4. Why Do I Lose My Voice When I Have Something To Say
6. Incidental Boogie
8. Pearly Gates
In a Poem Unlimited is released worldwide on 16th February 2018. With artwork designed by Robert Beatty, the album is available to pre-order from smarturl.it/InAPoemUnlimited.