Poliça – Lay Your Cards Out (feat. Mike Noyce)

January 3, 2012

For a long time, R&B used to be an arena for heavy strutting–a place to display one’s power, strength and invincibility. But in a post-808s & Heartbreak R&B landscape, the genre has come to be defined by cathartic expressions of humanness and vulnerability. From Drake’s Take Care to everything The Weeknd has released to date, R&B artists aren’t just publicly displaying their faults, but exploring them, basking in them and admitting their fear of of them. Sonically, Polica, with their schizophrenic drum-beats and electronic tropes, isn’t easily classified as R&B, but their treatment of tracks like “Lay Your Cards Out” as spaces meant for therapeutic honesty is thematically in line with the modern incarnation of the genre. Channy Leaneagh’s vocals are toyed with until they sound almost totally synthetic, but, because they never lose their sense of human desperation, the track maintains a sense of accessibility and warmth. In short, “Lay Your Cards Out” derives its power from a capitulation to a certain powerlessness. “Give You The Ghost” is due out in February.

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