Polica at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review
Poliça gives Bon Iver a boner. Give the Minneapolis band 50 minutes of your time and the enchantment spell will work its effects on you, too. What I love most about the group is how confounding it can be to describe it. Two dueling drummers and a bassist weave grooves that swell and recede. Singer Channy Leaneagh, today outfitted in a floral jumper, sways in the hypnotic bustle, tapping a blue effects box with ten silver buttons on its back, doubling her vocals, wrapping them in blurring delay. If reggae had originated in Düsseldorf, Germany, and Annie Lennox played svengali, it might come out of the wash like this. There's a whiff of Massive Attack and Broadcast to some of the numbers from the group's mesmerizing 2012 debut, Give You the Ghost. With touches of synthesizer, a dubby trance settled over Hutchinson Field, pleasantly distracting our senses from the overwhelming stench of a horse stall. "Leading to Death" ended the set in a climax of rolling snare drums. It felt more like a birth.