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Give You the Ghost (Totally Gross National Product)

Reviewed by Luke Winkie, Fri., Oct. 12, 2012

ACL Music Fest Sunday Reviews

Poliça

Give You the Ghost (Totally Gross National Product)

Smeared in synth, auto-tune, and scarlet neon fonts, Give You the Ghost doesn't exactly betray the fact that art-rocking quintet Poliça hail from perpetually frozen Minneapolis. Then again, its debut gets a lot of traction out of being crisp and clean. The barreling "Lay Your Cards Out" flashes in and out of focus with frontwoman Channy Leaneagh's voice artificially curled around a gauzy, skittering drum shuffle. Cosmic duo "Wandering Star" and "Dark Star" drizzle her suave over honeyed grooves. She's the star; Poliça is Channy Leaneagh's highlife. Her fluttery, incognito cadence flirts with each of these songs, giddy in staying undeclared. The piped-in Eighties pageantry is practically her natural habitat. She owns the place with such confidence you practically forget it's a 40-minute album of only one sound. (3:15pm, Honda stage)

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