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U.S. Girls


Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meghan Remy has been a captivating musical force operating as U.S. Girls since 2008. Her latest LP Half Free was released September 25th, 2015 on 4AD.

Remy's music has evolved remarkably from the raw, corrosive 4-track fidelity found on her early records to the unabashed art pop of recent work (U.S. Girls on KRAAK, 2011; Gem, 2012). Her work has increasingly shone a light on her unique voice - at once both acidic and saccharine - with recent efforts managing to "widen and universalize her music without losing a drop of what previously made it so special and personal." (Pitchfork)

Half Free is Remy's most striking work yet. The album's nine tracks focus on characters in everyday struggles, with narratives inspired by the work of director John Cassavetes and Bruce Springsteen. Throughout, Remy explores themes relating to abuse and gender inequality, whether the broken wife in "Sororal Feelings" (a track loosely based on the character Nora Bass in Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter), or the exasperated war widow in "Damn That Valley," soundtracked by its intoxicating combination of thick dub flavours and Wall of Sound dramatics. As the album progresses, one gets the sense that for many of its characters, Remy's voice may be the only one to speak up for them. Half Free is an enchanting document of life at the point when it feels most at its knife-edge.

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U.S. Girls


Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meghan Remy has been a captivating musical force operating as U.S. Girls since 2008. Her latest LP Half Free was released September 25th, 2015 on 4AD.

Remy's music has evolved remarkably from the raw, corrosive 4-track fidelity found on her early records to the unabashed art pop of recent work (U.S. Girls on KRAAK, 2011; Gem, 2012). Her work has increasingly shone a light on her unique voice - at once both acidic and saccharine - with recent efforts managing to "widen and universalize her music without losing a drop of what previously made it so special and personal." (Pitchfork)

Half Free is Remy's most striking work yet. The album's nine tracks focus on characters in everyday struggles, with narratives inspired by the work of director John Cassavetes and Bruce Springsteen. Throughout, Remy explores themes relating to abuse and gender inequality, whether the broken wife in "Sororal Feelings" (a track loosely based on the character Nora Bass in Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter), or the exasperated war widow in "Damn That Valley," soundtracked by its intoxicating combination of thick dub flavours and Wall of Sound dramatics. As the album progresses, one gets the sense that for many of its characters, Remy's voice may be the only one to speak up for them. Half Free is an enchanting document of life at the point when it feels most at its knife-edge.

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Andy Shauf


The Party is the ANTI- (Arts & Crafts in Canada) full-length debut for this Canadian songwriter, who grew up in small-town Saskatchewan.

Awkward characters show up “Early to the Party,” and either reveal life-changing secrets (“To You”) or try their hardest to reveal nothing at all (“The Magician”). In “a city the size of a dinner plate,” everyone knew the guy who keeled over dead after smoking what he promised would be his last pack of cigarettes (“Alexander All Alone”). The girl dancing by herself, unselfconsciously, in the middle of the room, with the “Eyes of Them All” upon her. One moment you’re dancing with someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to your ex (“Martha Sways”), and later you start slagging your best friend as way of endearing yourself to his recently dumped ex (“Quite Like You”).

The Party is not exactly a concept record, but it was a way for the singer-songwriter to get out of his own head. An after-party record, more like it. Or for the hangover the next day, when only Shauf’s songs can make any sense of the emotionally-charged scenarios that played out the night before.

When The Party was over, Shauf had no regrets—even if its characters have more than a few.

"★★★★" - MOJO

"★★★★- Canadian troubadour Andy Shauf is a find." - The Guardian

"★★★★...understated, imaginative chamber pop." - The Irish Times

"The Party is definitely worth celebrating." - UNCUT

"The Party is relatable and honest, simply marvelous. 9/10." - Exclaim!

"...Shauf really comes into his own on The Party." - Paste

"Every so often, you'll come across an artist who writes records like novels, pairing lyricism and expertly crafted instrumentals with rich storytelling, and Andy Shauf is surely one of them." - Nylon

"Andy's Shauf's acoustic songs made me think of the late Elliott Smith's beautiful music in that they sound intricate and ghostly." - NME

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Andy Shauf


The Party is the ANTI- (Arts & Crafts in Canada) full-length debut for this Canadian songwriter, who grew up in small-town Saskatchewan.

Awkward characters show up “Early to the Party,” and either reveal life-changing secrets (“To You”) or try their hardest to reveal nothing at all (“The Magician”). In “a city the size of a dinner plate,” everyone knew the guy who keeled over dead after smoking what he promised would be his last pack of cigarettes (“Alexander All Alone”). The girl dancing by herself, unselfconsciously, in the middle of the room, with the “Eyes of Them All” upon her. One moment you’re dancing with someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to your ex (“Martha Sways”), and later you start slagging your best friend as way of endearing yourself to his recently dumped ex (“Quite Like You”).

The Party is not exactly a concept record, but it was a way for the singer-songwriter to get out of his own head. An after-party record, more like it. Or for the hangover the next day, when only Shauf’s songs can make any sense of the emotionally-charged scenarios that played out the night before.

When The Party was over, Shauf had no regrets—even if its characters have more than a few.

"★★★★" - MOJO

"★★★★- Canadian troubadour Andy Shauf is a find." - The Guardian

"★★★★...understated, imaginative chamber pop." - The Irish Times

"The Party is definitely worth celebrating." - UNCUT

"The Party is relatable and honest, simply marvelous. 9/10." - Exclaim!

"...Shauf really comes into his own on The Party." - Paste

"Every so often, you'll come across an artist who writes records like novels, pairing lyricism and expertly crafted instrumentals with rich storytelling, and Andy Shauf is surely one of them." - Nylon

"Andy's Shauf's acoustic songs made me think of the late Elliott Smith's beautiful music in that they sound intricate and ghostly." - NME

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Michael Rault


Edmonton-born, Montreal-based garage rocker Michael Rault has built a steady legion of fans on the strength of his hooky, raucous live shows and stunning 2015 LP Living Daylight (Burger Records). Wielding influences that read like a best of the 50s, 60s & 70s, Rault breathes fresh air into staling genres, creating a sound that echoes the past without leaning on it as a crutch.

 
"Rault belongs to a growing legion of modern-day garage-spawned rockersThe Smith Westerns and Foxygen among themwho seem less interested in mining the standard British Invasion/Nuggets/CBGB continuum than the phenomena that sprung up between those movements: bubblegum, glam, Rundgrenian soft-rock, solo-Beatle solipsism. Recorded partially at home and in an Edmonton studio with Rault's cousin Renny Wilson, (his latest LP) Living Daylight strikes a playfully wobbly balance between in-the-room rawness and cerebral strangeness. And when Rault pounces on the fuzz pedallike on the T. Rex boogie of "Real Love (Yeah)" or the Plastic Ono blues of "Hiding From a Heartache"the ensuing distortion feels less decorative than rhythmic, like the subliminal rev of a car motor." - Stuart Berman, Pitchfork
 

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Michael Rault


Edmonton-born, Montreal-based garage rocker Michael Rault has built a steady legion of fans on the strength of his hooky, raucous live shows and stunning 2015 LP Living Daylight (Burger Records). Wielding influences that read like a best of the 50s, 60s & 70s, Rault breathes fresh air into staling genres, creating a sound that echoes the past without leaning on it as a crutch.

 
"Rault belongs to a growing legion of modern-day garage-spawned rockersThe Smith Westerns and Foxygen among themwho seem less interested in mining the standard British Invasion/Nuggets/CBGB continuum than the phenomena that sprung up between those movements: bubblegum, glam, Rundgrenian soft-rock, solo-Beatle solipsism. Recorded partially at home and in an Edmonton studio with Rault's cousin Renny Wilson, (his latest LP) Living Daylight strikes a playfully wobbly balance between in-the-room rawness and cerebral strangeness. And when Rault pounces on the fuzz pedallike on the T. Rex boogie of "Real Love (Yeah)" or the Plastic Ono blues of "Hiding From a Heartache"the ensuing distortion feels less decorative than rhythmic, like the subliminal rev of a car motor." - Stuart Berman, Pitchfork
 

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Kelp Management is a division of Kelp Records, a label and artist services company formed in 1994 by Jon Bartlett.

Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kelp has spent much of its time as a record label focused on pushing music from the National Capital Region, before migrating into management and artist services in 2010. 

Kelp's sister company MEGAPHONO also formed in 2010 to push music for synch licensing in film, TV and video games. This past year, MEGAPHONO grew into a showcase festival, holding its inaugural edition Feb 3-5, 2015 in Ottawa.