With every release this year Poliça have moved into darker and darker territory. First there was the brutally violent and disturbing video for “Tiff” (featuring Justin Vernon), then the bloody cover art above — even last month’s synth-pop sugar-rush of “Chain My Name” was still on the darker end of the spectrum. Now we have “Smug” which is built on blurry synths, skittering drum machines, and Channy Leaneagh’s ghostly voice that fits the vibe just as well. Buzz for this album may have started in the summer, but as the nights get colder and the leaves get deader this music is feeling more and more vital. Listen below.
Shulamith is out 10/21 on Memphis Industries.