Minneapolis continues its golden run of producing quality talent with the first project to arrive out the gayngs collective, the super slick electronic pop-soul outfit polica. fronted by ice cool vocalist channy leanagh who sang with gayngs, produced by ryan olson and featuring mike noyce from bon iver, it's a who's who of the current twin cities scene. after collaborating in the studio and live with gayngs in 2010, it became apparent that channy and ryan should form a group of their own. "as touring progressed and channy got more comfortable with the band and singing the songs, she would reinvent the parts she was doing in brilliant ways. it made me want to see where else she could go" explains olson. ryan's pop sensibilities and electronic adventurism would prove to be the perfect vehicle for channy's recent growth and evolution as a vocalist and dynamic experimentalist. in june 2011, they began writing together what would become polica's debut album, 'give you the ghost'. the result is 11 perfectly formed auto-tuned songs that re-shape the intersection of pop and digitised r&b. and for all polica's synthetic manipulation, channy's soft vocals and ryan's electronic soundscapes reveal a tender heart beneath, pulsating with life and raw emotion. 'give you the ghost' opens with the attention grabbing sonic of first track 'amongster', the two drummers immediately coming into full effect as it builds to a heady mass of beats, bass and channy's wandering vocals. 'violent games' continues the heavy on the drums theme, with duelling beats that intensify to machine gun-like levels, led by channy's urgent and cyclical vocals 'tremble at the taste of / tremble at the taste of / tremble at the taste of in his hands'. born out of the break-up of a recent relationship, the majority of give you the ghost reflects the difficulty of facing up to your mistakes and making peace with them; an exorcism via exciting new musical possibilities.
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