Album Review Poliça - Madness

It feels a little uncertain, as if the group are speculating the next chapter in their artistic output.

Poliça - Madness

2020’s ‘When We Stay Alive’ was sculpted from the pain and suffering of Poliça vocalist Channy Leaneagh’s life-altering injury. Using the time to heal not only her body but restore a sense of self, it saw her working through the brutal legacy of trauma. Yet despite this lyrical catharsis, this follow-up shows that time doesn’t heal all wounds. Opener ‘Alive’ is filled with bombastic synths as Channy’s voice emerges from the depths of its charred innards, draped in twisted electronics. ‘Violence’ teems with hissing synths before erupting into a frenzied explosion of brooding electronics. However, the album then takes a softer turn. The title track opens with an eerie synth and spluttering percussion. “Do we even love at all? / Do we even love?” she murmurs. As the electronics begin to melt away, a lone violin leads this solo waltz, floating uneasily throughout the deserted landscape. The bluntness of the track’s titles suggest an episode of painful turmoil, and Channy doesn’t shy away from these bleak moments, consistently candid and raw in her lyrical dexterity. Both ‘Fountain’ and ‘Sweet Memz’ are solemn, sobering pieces. This delicacy is a little muted at times, lacking the sharp, alluring production of the record’s opening, instead closing out in hushed tones. It feels a little uncertain, as if the group are speculating the next chapter in their artistic output.

 

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