POLIÇA - WHEN WE STAY ALIVE VINYL (LTD. ED. CRYSTAL CLEAR 180G W/ SPOT GLOSS SLEEVE)
LIMITED EDITION CRYSTAL CLEAR 180G VINYL W/ SPOT GLOSS SLEEVE
Release Date: 31st January 2020
The new album from the arty electro-pop outfit from Minneapolis, comes after lead-singer Channy Leaneagh suffered a serious spine injury and was left with limited mobility for months. Contemplating life, When We Stay Alive, is a new page in the group's book as they peel back the layers to reveal a more vulnerable, yet powerful side. This is also the group's most collaborative effort including the input of multiple members of Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon’s 37d03d collective, including Vernon himself. Stayin' alive!
For Fans Of/You May Also Like: Bon Iver, NADINE, Wye Oak, Purity Ring
"When Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet Poliça’s fourth album, ‘When We Stay Alive’, is not about one debilitating accident. It’s about the redemptive power of rewriting your story in order to heal and reclaiming your identity as a result. ‘When We Stay Alive’ possesses a new confidence in its sound, reflected in its fierce, determined songs and anchored by the heavy synths and punctuating beats of Poliça co-founder and producer Ryan Olson. Over the last several years Olson and Leaneagh have widely collaborated with musicians from all over the world: both with Bon Iver; Leaneagh individually with Boys Noize, Lane 8, Sasha, Leftfield and Daniel Wohl; Olson with Swamp Dogg in addition to countless musicians from the Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon’s 37d03d collective. As a result, ‘When We Stay Alive’ features one of the largest musical casts of any Poliça record to date. To create the album, Olson brought his favourite collaborators into his studio for all-night sessions. He’d then send Leaneagh the files to write lyrics to while recovering at home, which she’d record alone or with engineer Alex Proctor. Drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu coloured the songs with a new approach - drastically changing the rhythmic dynamic from previous efforts by creating an indistinguishable hybrid of live and electronic instrumentation - and bassist Chris Bierden provided a melody-laden low- end as well as more layered backing vocals than ever before. On Poliça’s first three albums, Leaneagh focused on restructuring the world and her relationships within it. On ‘When We Stay Alive’ she realizes the power in restructuring her inner self. The album’s title references the idea of moving forward through life - our experiences, both good and bad - and what happens next with the strength we find. “I had been living unconsciously in past trauma,” Leaneagh says. “I don’t want to deny something happened - this is not about repression - it’s about taking the power back from the past, holding the power in the present, and creating a new story for myself.”"