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CITY: Minneapolis
WEBSITE: http://thisispolica.com/

Word on the street is that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has called Polica the best band he’s ever heard. That kind of endorsement is bound to make headlines, and Polica deserve them. The band is barely a year old, but their debut album, Give Up the Ghost, is full of gorgeous R&B-influenced electronic pop tracks reminiscent of Portishead and Phantogram. Polica were started by frontwoman Channy Leaneagh and Ryan Olson, who met while collaborating on R&B art-house creepwave outfit Gayngs. Leaneagh has more than enough vocal chops of her own, but, like with Gayngs, she chooses to auto-tune her voice to give the music an experimental edge and an otherworldly quality that’s both emotionally gripping and completely untouchable. Throw in two drummers and their live show is sure to cause an above-average level of groove.

_Nina Mashurova

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