A beautifully poignant record
With acclaim from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Jay-Z, and what can only be described as huge post-SXSW ‘buzz’, you can pretty much hear the current hype surrounding Minneapolis’ Poliça. Their debut LP, though, is a shyly introspective listen that, much like The xx’s first album, sits awkwardly with the industry furore surrounding it. Over its welling synths, slick R&B rhythms and mechanical Auto-Tune displaced to a spatial expanse, ‘Give You The Ghost’ concerns the fall-out from vocalist Channy Leaneagh’s split from her husband and long-term musical collaborator. The result is a confused mess of emotions separate from the solid strut of her aural surroundings. Her delivery ranges from defiance on ‘Dark Star’ to loneliness on ‘The Maker,’ but burns constantly with a bright hurt that attempts to burst forth from the record’s withdrawn nature. It’s a fascinating struggle that provides the pivot on which this beautifully poignant record turns.
Simon Jay Catling