Review : Polica - Give You The Ghost
Consequence of soundPolica succeeds because they cover a lot of ground with few moving parts. On “Form”, the bass marches to a salsa rhythm that intensifies Leneagh’s pleas for forgiveness: “It’s a brand-new day and I’m sorry/I will never take her away.” A staccato version of that bass line strengthens the backbone of “I See My Mother”, haunted by ghostly saxophone peals. Similar instrumental sleights of hand, in the form of lush violins, soften sharp snare rim hits that punctuate Leneagh’s desolate echoes like gunshots on “Wandering Star”. With backing vocals courtesy of Bon Iver’s Mike Noyce, it’s arguably the most affecting track on the album.
Even though the album addresses death—especially the hair-raising “The Maker”, in which Leneagh directly addresses “a boss who draws the gun”—not all of Give You the Ghost makes you want to “swallow whiskey” and “take to powder.” In fact, some of it is rather worldly: “Violent Games” incorporates Algerian pop rai, revving angry synths like Rachid Taha’s “Barra Barra” before Polica’s dueling drums intensify to machine gun-like levels. Album closer “Leading to Death” opens with post-bop synthesizers and a resonant bass line with elements of funk pioneers like Herbie Hancock. And “Lay Your Cards Out” undulates on a Gayngs-like beat and buzzing bedroom synths behind Leneagh’s challenge, “Get your cards out, I am waiting.” So are the rest of us, eagerly awaiting more surprises from this rising star....full text
PopStacheThe fact that Give You the Ghost coasts like a car on the highway and might very well provide a really fitting soundtrack to a night joyride is purely a coincidence. Maybe it’s strategy.
Listeners are treated to a distorted noise to lead right into an experimental conglomeration in Poliça’s new album, which was released on Valentine’s Day. The vocal work is what hit us next.
From early on, it’s easy to determine how Poliça works with an emphasis on electronic, saturated with heavy guitar and drums that cloud the audio canvas. The beats are fresh and the intentions are clear, especially the way they work with distortion on voice....full text
Thought on TracksWith a successful side project, timing is everything and I truly believe that Poliça could not have done a better job on the execution of their release. Coming off the heels of Gayngs’ mate Justin Vernon’s self-titled release of Bon Iver last year they have found a legitimate way to ride coattails. Give You the Ghost is innovative, deep, and completely full of sound throughout its entirety. A true musical startup that deserves extra listening capital and could sustain for a sophomore release....full text
Rolling StoneLast summer, Ryan Olson and Channy Casselle – whose previous collaboration, Gayngs' 2010 LP Relayted, was a mesmerizing slab of cheesed-out neo-soul that featured Bon Iver – wrote Give You The Ghost in only a month's time. Quickly, a band was assembled and sent into the studio, fully fleshing out the forlorn, ruminative R&B experiment, and Give You the Ghost was born. The songs are of a piece with Olson and Casselle's previous work, yet slower, more tender – less sharp tongue and more soft cheek. Casselle's focused, tender voice cascades over dense fields of minor-key electronics, backed by with funked-up bass and a swarm of percussion. It’s sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously.
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