Album number three from Poliça, one of indie music’s favourite purveyors of heavy synth-pop. Although please note, they also have two drummers, lending serious rhythmic heft to their sound. United Crushers is about light persisting in the midst of darkness, inspired by the city of Minneapolis. CD, LP, or special rose coloured vinyl edition only from independent stores.
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LP £16.49 MI0384LPX
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They ain’t crushing anything with this record: it lacks racket and it volunteers only the smoothest of synth pop, streamlining songs ‘til they serve more as meditative backdropping music than big hits. ‘United Crushers’ is sweet second gear music, continuing POLIÇA’s infatuation with subliminal grooves, subdued electronics and little melodies -- take “Lime Habit”, which unfolds quietly around moaning synths that get replaced with refraining ambience and minimal drum fills. Vocalist Channy Leaneagh does most of the emoting, and the record’s power is in simply trusting her.
The record’s joy comes in its subtle trinkets, and the band show a near-Krauty approach in writing towards more mainstream pop music; synth dabblings worm their way through “Wedding”, a song made ominous by its busier sound. When the record tries for a harder impact, some of the distinction and juxtaposition between Leaneagh’s performance and the record’s calm confidence is lost: big, blustery synth squelches make appearances, while beats get more forced, and the layers begin to blur.
This is, though, a wisely produced and meticulously arranged record, even if the melodies often feel more like wallpaper than the tearing down of it.
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