Previously we viewed U.S. Girls as something promising. Pop sensibility cloaked under so many layers of hiss and extraneous noise that we knew we could like it, we just weren't sure how yet. "Red Ford Radio"—from U.S. Girls' Go Grey, out tomorrow on Siltbreeze—is the moment when it all finally starts to make sense. Maybe it's the restraint. There isn't really much here beyond a single stark drum and I can't breathe in this red ford anymore/I'd do anything to get out, get out repeated forever with the same inflection and stoic vocal quaver as Paul Banks. The video, co-directed by Preston Spurlock and Jacqueline Castel (who is also responsible for this and this), comes off just as raw as the song. Not that big a surprise when you find out that it was all hand collaged and made on a black and white copier. All of a sudden we're feeling really claustrophobic.
February 01, 2010