Spin of the Week: Poli̤a

Jesse Paller

Poli̤a- Give You The Ghost

I‰’d call it post-rock, but somebody sings. I‰’d call it R&B, but it‰’s got too much drumming. I‰’d say it‰’s Bon Iver, but the singer is a girl. And yeah, she sounds a lot like Justin Vernon, probably because Poli̤a (pronounced po-lisa) is the band responsible for the weird R&B Gayngs project that he took part in during 2010, and there was probably some influence shared there.
But this album is far more “together” than that one was, with definite grooves underlying the stratospheric autotuned wandering of the chilling vocals. The songs themselves are sinister, languid post-trip hop productions, with minimal structure but rich melody and a full soundscape completely their own. The biggest surprise is the drumming, a dynamic powerhouse (with mixing courtesy of Spoon‰’s Jim Eno) that grounds the ethereal music and eventually entices it into climaxes of epic proportions.

RIYL: Bon Iver, Gayngs, Portishead, Katy B
Recommended Tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8