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The summer sun shone brightly through the storefront windows of Luna Music on the day Poliça came by to perform. Already a vinyl lover’s oasis, the store could’ve hardly looked more inviting, more picturesque to even the most melancholy of visitors. But with a bass tone that could narrate a walk down an abandoned alley and the echoic vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh, the Minneapolis-based synthpop group gave listeners no reason to doubt that they were somewhere damp, dark, and reverberant, grooving to the most sexually charged music to hit Luna since it restocked “Purple Rain.”
Poliça’s set pulls from their most recent release, a buyer-friendly deluxe edition of their 2013 sophomore effort Shulamith that includes the four tracks comprising their Raw Exit EP. The songs deliver what we’ve come to expect from the band since they debuted in 2011; high quality keyboard texture, smart syncopation, and, of course, heavy reverb. Lyrically, Leaneagh finds herself more often than not unsettled by the dichotomy that love creates between emotion and reason. “It’s time for you to leave / But I’ve wrapped my hand around your leash / It’s really quite confusing” she sings in “Smug.” Her confusion reaches even higher levels in “Warrior Lord” as passion trumps syntax to deliver a grim poem ultimately asking a departing lover, “Do you want me?” While the minor key of the song suggests her anxiety is warranted, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to want to move your body to the rhythm or happily hum the melody as you leave your favorite record store.