Poliça, the Minneapolis five-piece led by Channy Leaneagh and Ryan Olsen, first came to the attention of the music press because of their association with a certain famous Milwaukee native named Justin Vernon. Sharing membership in the R&B super-group Gayngs (which was founded by Olsen and of which Leaneagh is also a member), Vernon ringingly endorsed Poliça, calling them the “best band (he) has ever heard”. This quickly shone the spotlight to Poliça, and the band, to their credit, easily charmed the press.
A big reason for the charm is Leaneagh herself. Possessed with a beguiling and soothing voice, Leaneagh makes extensive use of auto-tune in the band’s debut record Give You The Ghost, to shape her vocal chords into one that is affectingly irresistible. Combining with the smooth R&B vibes laid down by Olsen and their two drummers, the effect of Poliça‘s music is almost downright sexy.
With their sophomore record Shulamith, Channy Leaneagh and her voice are now squarely the star of the show. Building upon the swirly R&B of its predecessor, Shulamith expands to a more wildly electric direction. With less auto-tune and less distortion, Leaneagh seems more confident and more assured of the natural beauty of her voice as they explore and fill every possible corner within the songs. And yes, her voice is just as beguiling without all these distortions. If you loved the first record like me, you will exponentially love this one more.
Watch the video for single Warrior Lord embedded below.
Poliça – Shulamith comes out 10/22 via Mom + Pop (order here)