Poliça – Give You The Ghost
Born from the sprawling indie-explosion Gayngs, duo Poliça have friends in high places, with their collaborative cohort Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame being moved to describe them as the best band he has ever heard. Setting such possibly sycophantic salivations aside, the fact remains that Poliça have produced a heavyweight debut which is, an all honesty, some damn fine work.
Opener Amongster sets a startling mark, with a haze of crunchy guitars, building beneath Channy Leaneagh’s furiously effected, album-defining vocals, whose beauty waltzes us past the average Dark Star and on to an album which, thereafter, barely falters. Setting heartbreak amidst the woozy, slow-motion funk of Happy Be Fine, paired-back programming of Maker, and cavernous, spaced-out country of Wandering Star, Leaneagh’s voice – tipping from haunting refrain to sultry cinder – finishes off a striking collection which was always dressed to impress.