Polica Music For The Long Emergency The full length collaborative album from Polica and s t a r g a z e. Following on from their recent collaborations earlier in the year with Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich's ‘Music for Pieces of Wood. Joined by POLICA, the Minneapolis-based electronic five-piece, led by vocalist Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson, the two bands talked and the s t a r g a z e musicians began to improvise - strings, brass, woodwind played over a handful of song sketches brought by Olson. “They were not even song structures, just electronic textures,” de Ridder says. “And we started playing over them. But it was so important that the starting point was in the same room,” de Ridder adds. “Because we could see how their faces lit up when we played. I guess that's where our minds met.” Olson recorded the Berlin improvisations and incorporated them into several tracks he sent to the s t a r g a z e collective a few weeks later. “And I guess that was where the ping pong started,” says de Ridder. What followed over the next 18 months was a long-distance musical romance of sorts, sustained by emails, mp3 files, video conferencing, as well as occasional meet-ups in Berlin, Minneapolis, and Eau Claire. Both bands were adamant that whatever they created - be it a single piece of music or a whole collection of songs - “not just be POLICA songs with s t a r g a z e pasted on top,” as Leaneagh puts it. “We really wanted to maintain this conversation back and forth, and be a new version of both POLICA and s t a r g a z e.” Transgressive CD | LP
Polica / s t a r g a z e Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reichs Music for Pieces of Wood A collaboration between Polica and electronic pop band s t a r g a z e, re-imagining and re-recording Steve Reich's famous 1973 composition Music For Pieces Of Wood. The first of a pair of records from this collaboration, this release sees them take minimalist pioneer Steve Reich’s Music For Pieces of Wood corrupting its polyrhythms across a continuous twenty minutes of music, pushing the boundaries of both artists in a truly engrossing and transportative collaboration. Transgressive 12"
Polica Lipstick Stains / Still Counts This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2017. More stock expected on Tuesday. Hit "notify me" to find out when. White 7" vinyl, limited to 500 for UK and Eire. Two brand new tracks featuring Boyz Noize and Spank Rock. Since the release of their breakthrough debut album ‘Give You The Ghost’ in 2012, Poliça have pushed and pulled against expectations with albums on female emancipation (2013’s ‘Shulamith’) and urban decay (2016’s ‘United Crushers’). Memphis Industries 7" RSD 2017
Polica United Crushers indies only rose colour LP Third album from Polica. Really good avant-garde electro! The record, a tribute to their hometown of Minneapolis, was named after the graffiti tag seen throughout the city as a reminder of its bleak past and uncertain future and is short for “United States of Dreams Be Crushed.” Even at its darkest, the record is musically the band's most upbeat and celebratory. It is a weapon meant to empower the weak, the forgotten, and the disenfranchisedÍ¾ its very creation an act of rebellion in the face of the hopelessness that casts such a long shadow over Middle America's slow urban decline. Memphis Industries CD | LP
Polica Shulasmith Second album from Minneapolis indie R&B outfit Polica, following up from their debut Give You the Ghost, The album also features Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on the first single Tiff . From the flurry of warped metallic electronica and razorsharp groove of opener ‘Chain My Name’, with its stark and rushing refrain, the angular R&B-pop futurism of ‘I Need $’, its sweetly earworm hook belying lyrics of alternately helplessness and defiance, to the gliding, bird’s eye meditation of closer ‘So Leave’, ‘Shulamith’ reaffirms Poliça as one of the most fascinating and vital groups in forward-thinking pop. https://www.facebook.com/thisispolica Memphis Industries CD | LP