POLICA: Give You The Ghost
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon was recently tripping over himself to name POLICA (pronounced Poe-lisa) one of 2012’s secret treasures. “They’re the best band I’ve ever heard,” he said. Channy Leaneagh (pictured above) leads the Minneapolis experiment, which started as her exit and escape from a reality where she had just suffered a divorce AND left her old band Roma di Luna. So it was probably a psycho-logical step to take her vocals and drench them in distortion and multiplicity (auto-tune) to a point where pretty much any POLICA song would suit something shot in slow motion; places to rest and re-engergize. After suggestions and encouragement from other Minneapolis artists, Leaneagh recruited a bass player and two drummers to give the now band’s feel a distinct R&B feel throughout.
On their debut album, Give You The Ghost, you can almost sink into that alternate reality Channy Leaneagh successfully found and transported, sweeping through four and five minute explorations of a microcosmic universe. With the deep bass frames and rampaging spark storms given off by dual drum sets, AND vocals you could surf the wind with, POLICA is a treasure, not so secret anymore.