Minneapolis-based electronic group Poliça is ready to share the product of a “ping-pong” match with Berlin-based orchestra s t a r g a z e that began in the Berlin living room of s t a r g a z e’s conductor, André de Ridder. The correspondence lasted 18 months over email and occasional meetings in Minneapolis, Berlin and Eau Claire. The goal was to make something more than “just Poliça songs with s t a r g a z e pasted on top.”
Today (Dec. 5), they’re debuting the single “Agree” exclusively with Billboard. Via press release, Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh says she believes that the song is “an example of the truly healing effects of making music with your friends. And while it doesn’t necessarily make things better, it builds community.”
“Agree” is, according to press release, “about those contradictions of life.” The track was produced by Poliça’s Ryan Olson.
The opening orchestral arrangement lures you in before it hits a crescendo of drums. By the time the song hits the one-minute mark, you’re knee-deep in haunting lyrics such as “Being good to you, but losing me.”
Leaneagh further explains what “Agree” means to her five-member group and their European collaborators. “In this long emergency of being human without a clue, we fall prey to the loudest, most powerful voices, and romantic love seems old-fashioned and usually oppressive,” she tells Billboard. “However, we still fall in love again and again. When I got married a second time, I understood I have more philosophy than true conversion; I’m a religious anarchist but I haven’t been born again, so to speak.
“But when I see it amongst my smartest, most radical friends and heroes, it’s more confusing; they too get married or enter monogamous relationships. It makes no sense when you discuss the historical evidence or just our own experiences with love, but then we don’t often act in evidence and learn from the past. That’s the place ‘Agree’ was made from. We don’t believe in it but we want it all the same.”
Their full collaborative album titled Music For The Long Emergency (Totally Gross National Product/Transgressive) will be released on Feb. 16. It is available for pre-order here.
Listen to “Agree” and check out the pair’s upcoming tour dates below:
Feb. 15 — North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
Feb. 17 — New York, NY @ Symphony Space at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Feb. 18 — Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
Feb. 19 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Feb. 21 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Feb. 22 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Feb. 23 — Cincinnati, OH @ Contemporary Arts Center
Feb. 27 — London, UK @ Oval Space
March 1 — Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Cross-Linx Festival
March 2 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Cross-Linx Festival
March 3 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Cross-Linx Festival
March 4 — Enschede, Netherlands @ Cross-Linx Festival
* solo POLIÇA show