"4 American Dollars" by U.S. Girls has been on repeat in The New Vertical's home office for weeks now. It's only right to make it the first song featured on our site.
Calling U.S. Girls "socialist disco" or "political pop" would be reductive. First, it's infinitely more subtle than your capital-P Political radio anthems (see 2018 single "M.A.H."). Then there's the fact that Meghan Remy's act existed in various forms since 2007 — from a solo act to live shows including an expanded band — and only recently found a home in the sounds of '70s clubs.
"4 American Dollars" is the first track on U.S. Girls' recent release, Heavy Light, which came out just as folks started to move inward due to our current predicament. It's a sarcastic and nihilistic look at the world of capitalism, and arguably the best song about finance ever written. (It could even be seen as a critique of Remy's label, 4AD, sometimes known for less-than-stellar artist relations.)
It's also catchy as hell, with multi-part backing harmonies driving the song until it unravels and the same production that gave ABBA's The Arrival its charm.
Heavy Light by U.S. Girls is out now on 4AD Records. Please consider supporting the artist directly by purchasing their album.