Poliça – Violent Games

February 8, 2012

If you locked Abele Tesfaye (the voice behind The Weeknd) in the Wisconsin cabin that Bon Iver recorded For Emma, Forever Ago in, he might come out six months later with an album that sounds something like Poliça’s Give You the Ghost. It has all the Weeknd’s dark, pent-up sexuality but also evokes the feelings of desperate isolation that Justin Vernon so elegantly captured on his breakout album. “Violent Games” is truly a wild, aggressive and anthemic track. It’s probably not the single on this album, but the absolutely relentless pace and the get-out-of-my-fucking-way vocals from Channy Leaneagh make it a defining track on Give You the Ghost.