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Polica on World Cafe | July 30, 2012

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Despite the slow, twisting, synth-looping style of Polica, the group's album came together in only a few recording sessions. Recovering from the breakup of her folk rock band Roma di Luna and the breakup of her marriage to one of her bandmates, Channy Leaneagh turned to friend and collaborator Ryan Olson, founder of Gayngs. The two worked together on Gayngs' album Relayted in 2010 and they were interested in working together again. Leaneagh had written a collection of songs during her breakups and Olson had R&B-esque electronic tracks that he wanted to use. If Polica's debut album Give You The Ghost, is any indication, their musical talents and material were supremely matched.

Give You The Ghost was recorded before Leaneagh and Olson finished putting together a full band. Ultimately, Polica took form by adding a bassist and two drummers. The Minneapolis-based band has begun to make the late-night television circuit and have a summer of festivals and shows planned. They've been called an American response to the xx, and Leaneagh's use of auto-tune to play her voice, rather than sing, gives them an experimental edge. Hear Channy Leaneagh discuss "Give You The Ghost" and play live on today's World Cafe.

This episode originally aired on May 10, 2012. (link)


(( )) for interlude music


Kate Bush "Running Up that Hill" The Whole Story
The xx "Angels" Coexists
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Smoke Ring for My Halo
Twin Shadow "Golden Light" Confess
The Police "Driven to Tears" Zenyatta Mondatta
Roxy Music "Avalon" Avalon
((Polica "Wandering Star" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Polica "The Maker" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Polica "Lay Your Cards Out" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Polica "Wandering Star" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Polica "Leading to Death" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Polica "The Maker" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Lianne La Havas "Is Your Love Big Enough" Is Your Love Big Enough?
James Blake "Limit To Your Love" James Blake
((Burial "Homeless" Untrue))


Midlake "Roscoe" The Trials of Van Occupanther
Allen Stone "Say So" Allen Stone
Allen Stone "What I've Seen" Allen Stone
Death Cab for Cutie "Summer Skin" Plans
Koop "Summer Sun" Waltz for Koop
((Wado E Realisimo Fantastico "Se Vacilar O Jacare Abraca" Brazil Classics 7))
St. Vincent & David Byrne "Who" Love This Giant
TV On the Radio "Will Do" Nine Types of Light
Dr. Dog "Stranger" Shame, Shame
Langhorne Slim & the Law "The Way We Move" The Way We Move
((Dr. Dog "Ain't It Strange" We All Belong))
Electric Guest "This Head I Hold" Mondo
Was Not Was "Anything Can Happen" What Up Dog
Fitz & the Tantrums "Breakin' the Chains of Love" Pickin' Up the Pieces
Delicate Steve "Ramona Reborn" Positive Force
Rhett Miller "Things that Disappear" The Instigator
The Avett Brothers "Live and Die" The Carpenter
((Bright Eyes "Four Winds" Cassadaga))