2017 marks a decade of U.S. Girls. The multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy announces the release of her sixth studio album, In a Poem Unlimited, out Friday 16 February. Watch the video to new single ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ below!
In a Poem Unlimited was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnball and Louis Percival.
Following ‘Mad As Hell’, the album opener ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ concerns a female narrator imploring another to buy a gun for protection, impressing that the only way to change men is for women to use violence. Remy says, “Men are lucky women (and children) have yet to take up arms. And although I hope this never happens and I completely disagree that violence is ever effective, this very idea was ripe for a song.”
The accompanying video explores the idea of acknowledgement as a form of retribution, a counterbalance more powerful than violence itself. Remy plays a police officer who discovers that a fellow cop who has beaten his wife will be left off the hook as a “professional courtesy”. By the power of her unrelenting gaze she banishes the abuser in the final images of this video.
This tableau representing the power of bearing witness ties back into the album’s underlying theme; that truth and acknowledgement are our most potent and corrosive weapons in the fight against repressive inequality. Remy’s work with this video (which she co-directed with Alex Kingsmill) and the album as a whole, illustrate and seek to inspire the taking up of these moral arms. In a Poem Unlimited is now available for pre-order here.
Listen / purchase ‘Velvet 4 Sale’: https://remotecontrol.lnk.to/VelvetForSale