Friday, May 4, 2012

Artist Of The Day: Poliça

Celebrity endorsement is one thing, but being called "the best band I've ever heard" by a modern alternative icon is another entirely. Those were, however, the exact words uttered by Justin Vernon concerning Ryan Olson and Channy Leaneagh, who collectively make up Poliça. Ok, Vernon probably was getting a little carried away with his comments, and is hardly unbiased given the pair's mutual involvement in supergroup Gayngs, but there are points on their debut album Give You The Ghost where such enthusiasm seems (almost!) understandable.

Not wholly dissimilar from the likes of The XX and The Weeknd, Poliça's brand of indie-based R&B is very much a genre in vogue at present, and you wouldn't bet against them achieving the same kind of success as those aforementioned acts. Characterised mainly by Leaneagh's angelic voice and an inventive percussive assault, their small catalog already contains a handful of truly inspired moments in which all of their sonic elements are moulded to perfection. The epic 'Violent Games' is a personal favourite, and ranks among the best songs released by anyone this year - if not quite all time!

You can stream Give You The Ghost in its entirety here.

Official Website


  1. they're absolutely fantastic live.

    I saw them live before I heard their recordings, and they are vastly superior live. 

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