Die erste Vorladung (XII) Personalien: Channy Leaneagh und Ryan Olson gründeten 2011 gemeinsam in Minneapoli...

Poliça - Give You The Ghost

Die erste Vorladung (XII)

Channy Leaneagh und Ryan Olson gründeten 2011 gemeinsam in Minneapolis die Band Poliça
Olson holte die Sängerin zunächst zu dem von ihm gegründeten Soft-Rock-Kollektiv Gayngs, das u.a mit Mitgliedern von Bon Iver, Megafaun und The Rosebuds bestückt ist, hinzu. Dann trennte sich Channy Leaneagh von ihrem Ehemann Alexei Casselle sowie der gemeinsamen Folk-Rock Band Roma di Luna und fand in der musikalischen Zusammenarbeit mit Olson ein neues Betätigungsfeld. Alte, von Olson noch nicht verwendete Beats und Grooves zwischen HipHop und R&B, und Leaneaghs Folksongs, in deren düsteren Texten auch die ihre Trennung verarbeitet wurden, lieferten die Elemente, aus denen nun die die 11 Titel des Debütalbums "Give You The Ghost" bestehen.   

Eine Mischung aus Elektro-Pop und R&B mit einer Sängerin, deren Stimme nahezu permanent mit Autotune verzerrt wird - und Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) hat dazu nichts anderes zu sagen als: "They’re the best band I’ve ever heard." 

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to loneliness on ‘The Maker,’ but burns constantly with a bright hurt that attempts to burst forth from the record’s withdrawn nature.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. 
Polica 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.
(Consequence Of Sound)

Indizien und Beweismittel:

02.07.12 Frankfurt, Zoom
05.07.12 Heidelberg, Karlstorbahnhof
06.07.12 München, Atomic Cafe
08.07.12 Hamburg, Stadtpark (mit Bon Iver)
09.07.012 Köln, Tanzbrunnen (mit Bon Iver)

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