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Polica - Shulamith

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on 30 October 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Memphis Industries
Rating 7/10

I’m not sure why, but I’ve never been able to shake the feeling that Polica are somehow outside contenders, the contented underdogs of a non-existent contest, and I’m not sure if it makes me like them more or less. Perhaps it’s because their debut Give You The Ghost sort of slid below the xx’s Coexist when it came to the UK’s 2012 R&B reimagining, maybe its the air of don’t-give-a-fuck-ness they exude. Either way they were undeniably onto something with their debut, and it continues with Shulamith. But there’s something more required from the listener with this album than there was in the case of its predecessor. Channy Leaneagh’s voice refracts that much further out of reach, the sentiment of her words seems somehow more powerful, but their form and distinguishability lost still more to effects and whispers. From opener ‘Chain My Name’ it’s clear that it’s going to be an easily involving listen. It slinks and slides between the soundscsape-concerned trip hop of ‘Smug’ and socially bothered tracks like ‘Matty’. As the initial noises of this record suggest, it's easy to like from start to finish. Ultimately Shulamith feels like the natural progression from Give You The Ghost, the grown up version with more developed ideas and less raw fire in the belly, and that’s to be applauded: the finished product sounds fantastic. But you can’t help but wish they’d done something a little more surprising.

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