12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Poliça’s unconventional lineup of vocals, bass, and two drum kits pushes their cool synth-pop into unique territory. Lead singer Channy Leaneagh uses strange effects to couch her intimate lyrics, and Ryan Olson treats the Minneapolis band’s live instrumentation as source material for his moody electronic production. On “Summer Please,” Leaneagh pitches her voice down to a mournful wail, while her hurt croon turns “Lately” into a warped ballad. But there’s lightness, too, with both “Someway” and “Lime Habit” lending a breezier pop spirit.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Poliça’s unconventional lineup of vocals, bass, and two drum kits pushes their cool synth-pop into unique territory. Lead singer Channy Leaneagh uses strange effects to couch her intimate lyrics, and Ryan Olson treats the Minneapolis band’s live instrumentation as source material for his moody electronic production. On “Summer Please,” Leaneagh pitches her voice down to a mournful wail, while her hurt croon turns “Lately” into a warped ballad. But there’s lightness, too, with both “Someway” and “Lime Habit” lending a breezier pop spirit.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings
36 Ratings
Jonatron ,

Better than expected.

I have their previous album, and frankly, really enjoyed it. However, I didn't care for about 1/3 of the tracks. As for United Crushers, I at least "like" every song... And can say that I love at least half of the album. It doesn't sound like much, but I'm being realistic -- most albums from most bands are likable, but not completely lovable. Polica's, United Crushers, is almost as good as it can get.

I feel like this album is more mature and unique in the fact they experiment with different sounds and end up successful.

Polica: United Crushers, Daughter: Not to Disappear, and Chairlift: Moth might the best albums of 2016!

EVL ,

An introspective departure

United Crushers is the most personal, and therefore, introspective album POLICA has made. The lack of its signature heavy beats may disappoint those stuck in the same groove. But the truth is that this is a brave, adventurous album, with the band opening up about their personal fears - a sign of a band reaching maturity. Follow them; you won't be sorry.

johnnyboy12354 ,

Love It

Lime Habit is a great song. Looking forward to the full album release.

About POLIÇA

Affiliated with Minneapolis, Minnesota's prolific Gayngs collective, electropop outfit Poliça feature singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson as 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. That year, Poliça began a long-running collaboration with the Berlin-based experimental orchestral collective s t a r g a z e that spawned 2017's Bruise Blood (a reworking of Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood) and the following year's politically charged Music for the Long Emergency. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Minneapolis, MN
FORMED
2011

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