Winning an NFL Championship (last season) and a couple Grammys (for Bon Iver) probably has a lot of those folks high on life, which could possibly also explain why theyre so unafraid to strike out in weird sonic directions.
Enter Channy Leaneagh (formerly Casselle). Previously fronting Minneapolis folk ensemble Roma di Luna, her new vehicle, Poliça, sounds like she really loved her time spent soft-rocking 80s Auto-Tune jams with the 20-something-member Gayngs.
Give You the Ghost is the product of her and producer Ryan Olson, who seems to bring all the weird, twitchy synthetic sounds here, backing Leneaghs transition to ethereal R&B performer. Whether or not you dive into this batch of electrified goo hinges mostly on your tolerance for Auto-Tuned vocals. Heres a little litmus test: If you thought Bon Iver couldve really used more of that stuff, Poliça may just be for you.
If not (Im definitely in this camp), then Give You The Ghost proves a provocative, if difficult 45 minutes. Single Lay Your Cards Out is the most compelling of the bunch, but too many of these tracks are stretched thin by hazy synths and similarly out-there vocal work thats really strangely textured.
While Leneaghs lyrics seem more immediate and pressing than Justin Vernons, I think that works against her in this format. Her songs sentiments are more clearly articulated (see: Happy Be Fine, I See My Mother) and easier to understand, locating themselves in the front of the listeners brain instead of the deep distance of shadowy memory where Perth or Calgary reside.
Ghost couldve definitely benefited from an extra dance track or two, like the final track, Leading to Death, which is way too groovy to actually be about death. Poliça might experience some success if they were to back into synthy indie-pop, considering the great demand for that stuff nowadays (see: Foster the People), but Im not too interested by this project.