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Polica was born of another group’s demise– lead singer Channy Leaneagh left the duo Roma di Luna that consisted of her and her husband Alexei Casselle following the end of the marriage and sought out a new creative effort in the early days of 2011. What she found was fellow musician and friend Ryan Olson, then working with a project called Gayngs, and he welcomed Leaneagh to do backing vocals for the project. A few members and an EP later, Polica was a full-fledged band named after an ill-fated computer virus performing in Minneapolis by the close of the year. After a tour with the indie sensations Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the group released the 2012 album Give You the Ghost to critical acclaim, and became the high-energy festival darlings of the summer.
When approaching the sophomore release, Leaneagh described the sound they hoped to achieve as “Drums. Bass. Synths. Me, Women”. The result? Shulamith, the title a reference to Leaneagh’s feminist idol Shulamith Firestone and explores the synth R&B sound established in Give You The Ghost further to the same critical acclaim. The group put more emphasis on the recording process this time around, spending far more time with each track than their debut and presenting a polished, radio-ready sound.
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