Download of the Week: U.S. Girls

Whenever music reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence with the last few decades of music informing the sound, count me in. Meg Remy is the mind and voice behind U.S. Girls and Half Free is her latest album, out on 4AD. Half Free also reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence and Remy's voice and lyrics are beautifully spellbinding, more than bit sad, out in front of an expertly crafted and compelling amalgam of beats, rhythms, sounds, and drive.

Take the title literally as Remy tells tales of women trapped in bad relationships. Thankfully there's defiance throughout, some twisted humor, and hope for escape. I've been listening to Half Free for weeks on end, a lot of times, even more than once a day, and it continues to grow on me. I recently purchased the 24/96 download and it is totally worth the price of admission as I'm better able to appreciate the voice, the mix, the music, the story, and the emotion.

You can get your hi-res copy of Half Free from HDtracks.