Give You the Ghost by POLIÇA on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drawing elements from Portishead, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics, Polica is a group featuring chanteuse Channy Caselle from Roma di Luna, Ryan Olson of Gayngs, Vampire Hands guitarist Chris Bierden, and drummers (that’s right, there are two) Drew Christopherson from Digitata and Ben Ivascu from STNNNG. “Amongster” opens with buzzing, reverberated guitar leads, over which Caselle’s ghostly, layered vocals hover like a mist. An Auto-Tune modification makes it sound like she’s singing behind a whirring fan in “I See My Mother”—here you can really notice the finesse of two drummers playing over dub-inspired bass and an electric guitar approximating a synthesizer with help from an electronic bow. “Violent Games” plays with more menacing tones. Dark drumming patterns give chase to a driving, distorted bass line, while Caselle croons through a slew of gurgling effects. The standout tune “The Maker” gives Caselle more room to stretch out and exercise her dynamic vocal range, though “Wandering Star” is the jam that could make Polica famous.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drawing elements from Portishead, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics, Polica is a group featuring chanteuse Channy Caselle from Roma di Luna, Ryan Olson of Gayngs, Vampire Hands guitarist Chris Bierden, and drummers (that’s right, there are two) Drew Christopherson from Digitata and Ben Ivascu from STNNNG. “Amongster” opens with buzzing, reverberated guitar leads, over which Caselle’s ghostly, layered vocals hover like a mist. An Auto-Tune modification makes it sound like she’s singing behind a whirring fan in “I See My Mother”—here you can really notice the finesse of two drummers playing over dub-inspired bass and an electric guitar approximating a synthesizer with help from an electronic bow. “Violent Games” plays with more menacing tones. Dark drumming patterns give chase to a driving, distorted bass line, while Caselle croons through a slew of gurgling effects. The standout tune “The Maker” gives Caselle more room to stretch out and exercise her dynamic vocal range, though “Wandering Star” is the jam that could make Polica famous.

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About POLIÇA

An offshoot of Minneapolis, Minnesota's prolific Gayngs collective, electro-pop outfit Poliça features singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson as its core members. Leaneagh's vocal prowess was well-known around town, and Olson asked her to join Gayngs as a touring member. The pair began collaborating on their own music in June 2011, putting Leaneagh's versatile voice (she'd previously fronted the folk-rock band Roma di Luna with her former husband, Alexei Moon Casselle) in Olson's smooth electronic soundscapes, which borrow equally from R&B and goth pop. Within a month, they had an album's worth of songs ready and began recording, recruiting drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bassist Chris Bierden, and Bon Iver collaborator and vocalist Mike Noyce to flesh out the sound they envisioned. The results, Give You the Ghost, were mixed by Spoon's Jim Eno and released by Olson and Christopherson's Totally Gross National Product on Valentine's Day 2012. The album earned widespread critical acclaim, and the band spent much of that year touring with acts such as the xx. Poliça's second album, Shulamith, arrived in October 2013 and featured a more streamlined sound as well as a duet with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. The Raw Exit EP followed in 2014, and after some time off, the group reconvened in 2015 and engaged in some of its most collaborative songwriting yet. Poliça then headed to El Paso, Texas, to record United Crushers, an urgent set of songs that was released in March 2016. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • FORMED
    2011

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