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Give You The Ghost

4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow GAYNGS' members Channy Leaneagh and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July the pair had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of two drummers and a bass player, and headed into the studio to put the finishing touches on what would become POLIÇA's debut album, Give You The Ghost. After Mike Noyce (Bon Iver) lent his voice to a couple of tracks, Lay Your Cards Out and Wandering Star, the record was brought to Austin, TX, where it was mixed with Jim Eno (Spoon). With its sultry R&B rhythms and intensely electro, goth-pop vibes, Give You The Ghost could not be more perfect.

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POLIÇA deals in a type of R&B inflected electronic music that defies explanation... Music with this many synthetic textures and vocal treatments has rarely sounded so natural. --Spinner

Auto-tune majesty with a heavy bass-line and sexy, lonely rhythm. --Gimme Noise

They're the best band I've ever heard. --Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, 2/13/12
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  • Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Totally Gross National Product/Mom + Pop
  • ASIN: B006ZKZXJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If one would like to read an excellent bit about the genesis of the band, check out the online article circa Valentine's Day by Chris Roberts at Minnesota Public Radio, found specifically on the Daily Circuit page.

The CD is packaged in an environmentally friendly way and comes with a lyrics sheet.

Band members are Channey Leaneagh, vocals, Chris Bierdan, bass, Drew Christopherson, drums, and Ben Ivascu, drums. Ryan Olson is the man behind the curtain.

Mike Noyce of Bon Iver is featured on the beautiful "Wandering Star" as well as "Lay Your Cards Out."

If a director were looking for soundtrack music for an edgy, mysterious, and sometimes suspenseful flick, some tracks on this disc could be a nice fit.

Personally, I find it to be great music for motion, like driving or biking.
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Good Debut. "Amongster," "Dark Star," and "Lay your cards out" are the highlights for me on this record. Great tunes that will find their way to mainstream and get stuck in your head. Gave it 3 stars because some of the songs I can do without and they tend to blend together. Also, as I played the album for the third time found myself growing tired of some of the sounds of the lead vocals and lack of power of the album. If you are into Phantogram, Purity Ring, or spacey-glam-synth beats with a female singer, you will like this album. I have a feeling this is a band that is much better live and their true sound didn't transform as well as it could into a studio recording.
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hypnotic yet energetic...I'm so hooked. The more I listen to it the more I am impressed by the attention to detail....its a glimpse into the future, sure to inspire many other artists
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By JAwesome on August 21, 2012
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Newb info: Genre wise this album is indie/electro pop...kinda spacey and airy. If that doesn't mean much, then think of it as a haunting 80's pop revival. The singles include - Wandering Star, Dark Star, and Lay Your Cards Out...some more, maybe? Look 'em up on Youtube.
It's a great album. I don't think they'll make another one that compares, honestly. But that's all taste, I s'pose. It has catchy melodies supported by a SICK bassist and 2 drum tracks to build it up, then lyrics that match just my taste. One of my favorite lines is in Lay Your Cards Out:
"by the waterside,
summer,
wading in sunder."
The album is mixed pretty interestingly. If you listen on headphones you'll hear some crazy vocal shite/panning and whatnot.
Some people are turned off by the "auto tune" effect. I like it. It's done with a VoiceLive 2, so it's setup for live performance, etc. I think it's an interesting use of the harmonizer. I've seen them twice live. A very "seductive" show. Goodshit. Worth the money to add this album to the collection.
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Love this group. Love this album. Saw them play this as a live set in Minneapolis at Lake Harriet. Now I hear Violent Stories on the Blacklist! Awesome when a band you like gets credit for being awesome. Great vocals, great arrangements, perfect execution. Hooyeah!
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There are some good songs and some great melodies but the over-processed vocals get very tiresome after a few listens. Some of the vocal effects add to the atmosphere but they are completely unnecessary in some cases and actually degrade the overall product.
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By Steve L on September 6, 2012
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This was one of those bands that I've not known of and they played at Lollapalooza. I missed the set and after getting the album wished I could have been there now that I can say that I've listen to and enjoyed Polica. I do think I'll catch them again though. This is one of those albums that, for me has a few "must" plays ( Dark Star ) sandwiched with some "pleasant" tracks along the way. Bands like this tend to put out more albums, and when people begin to hear about them you can say, "Oh, yea I've got a few of there albums.". I would say they have a trance like, mellow sound that has a beautiful voice that is suspect for being heavily tuned. Kind of ghost like with a good beat (which makes the title mean something to me). The first time I listened to the album all the way through I took the dog out for a walk and it makes me think this is a good morning on the beach kind of album.
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i hesitated to buy this cd for a while b/c i knew the effect heavy vocals were going to bug me. However i heard some of their live performances on KEXP and I was hypnotized. Channy is a really great singer, and does not pile on the effects nearly as much these days, allowing her wonderful voice to shine through.

none the less this is a great CD. Polica has a pretty original sound, and i believe they will get quite popular.. certainly not mainstreatm popular but we wouldnt want that anyway ;-)

i imagine their next album will be a big improvement. until then i'm sure this one will get plenty of ear time.
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