Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is “Amongster” by Poliça from the 2011 album Give You The Ghost on Totally Gross National Product.
Channy Leaneagh is not using Auto Tune to cover up weak vocals, only manipulates her voice as effect. Her prior gig singing folk in Roma di Luna is proof enough of her canary-like pipes, or her appearances on Gayngs‘ album Relayted, which is precisely how the Minneapolis chanteuse got into business with Ryan Olson, Gayngs founder, current producer/collaborator on Poliça’s debut Give You the Ghost. The vocal effects, and Gayngs alike is any wonder Bon Iver is such a champion (hear “Lost in the Woods”) of Poliça. Using a multitude of effects, pedals, and treating the voice as an instrument on its own adds a dreamlike air between the rapid-fire drums and minimalist synth.
Poliça is currently on tour in the U.S. and just played Vera Project last month in Seattle. They stopped by KEXP for an exclusive in-studio performance, which you can listen to here. Find out where Poliça will next on their website. For now, here’s the official video of today’s featured song. Leaneagh welcomed with open arms videographer Saku’s visual interpretation of “Amongster” and issued a statement backing up the possible NSFW images that came from it. Check it out this buzzworthy video below and beware, the video does contain a spider: