Polica simulate waterboarding torture in "Tiff" video, title new album Shulamith

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A still from Polica's "Tiff" video
This new Polica video for the group's "Tiff" collaboration with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is quite a brutal one. In it, singer Channy Leaneagh subjects her captive to beatings by hammer and fist, and there's even a simulation of waterboarding torture. According to press materials, she describes this clip as "a portrait of a woman as her own worst enemy," which makes sense since her victim is herself.

All signs point to a noisy roll-out of Polica's second album, Shulamith. The name conjures the moniker of a "black and comely" princess detailed Song of Songs in the Bible's Old Testament, and also the feminist author Shulamith Firestone, who argued in The Dialectic of Sex that childbearing has been a catalyst for the continued oppression of women. The album, which follows last year's Give You the Ghost, is due this fall via Mom+Pop.

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The "Tiff" video, directed by Nabil (Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver) and Mike Piscitelli features no sight of Vernon -- merely the violent overtures of Leaneagh upon herself. It's definitely graphic, so if the description is tough to stomach, this might not be the video for you.



The album cover for Shulamith carries a similar torture-related theme.
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And the tracklisting for the album is as follows:

01 Chain My Name
02 Smug
03 Vegas
04 Warrior Lord
05 Very Cruel
06 Torre
07 Trippin
08 Tiff
09 Spilling Lines
10 Matty
11 I Need $
12 So Leave

We will update you as more information about the album's release is available.


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sad...
sad...

This is highly disappointing. The sick portrayal of violence and torture - especially against women - abounds enough in our media. Did Leaneagh really have to go there to demonstrate her point?That a woman's worst enemy is herself? And It was directed by Kanye West!? WTF! 

Looks like more of a publicity stunt than an artistic way of conveying a message. 

Also... Stating that a woman's worst enemy is herself inadvertently conveys the message that other people are not oppressive to women, and that they are to blame for their own oppression. Which is sooo f'd up. Yes, as humans we create our own suffering and in many ways we torture ourselves, but I think this video is in poor taste and misses the mark. 


anonymous111
anonymous111

@sad... When you learn how to read - video directed by Nabil who has also directed for Kanye - maybe your opinion will be of value...

sad...
sad...

This is disappointing. the sick portrayal of violence and torture - especially agains women - abounds enough in our media. Did Polica really have to go there to demonstrate the point? Looks like more of a publicity stunt than an artistic way of conveying a message. Also. Stating that a woman's worst enemy is herself inadvertently conveys the message that other people are not oppressive to women, and that they are to blame for their own oppression. Which is f'd up. Yes, as humans we create our own suffering and in many ways we torture ourselves, but I think this video is in poor taste and misses the mark.


sad...
sad...

This is disappointing. the sick portrayal of violence and torture - especially agains women - abounds enough in our media. Did Polica really have to go there to demonstrate the point? Looks like more of a publicity stunt than an artistic way of conveying a message. Also. Stating that a woman's worst enemy is herself inadvertently conveys the message that other people are not oppressive to women, and that they are to blame for their own oppression. Which is f'd up. Yes, as humans we create our own suffering and in many ways we torture ourselves, but I think this video is in poor taste and misses the mark.


sad...
sad...

This is disappointing. the sick portrayal of violence and torture - especially against women - abounds enough in our media. Did Polica really have to go there to demonstrate the point? Looks like more of a publicity stunt than an artistic way of conveying a message. Also. Stating that a woman's worst enemy is herself inadvertently conveys the message that other people are not oppressive to women, and that they are to blame for their own oppression. Which is f'd up. Yes, as humans we create our own suffering and in many ways we torture ourselves, but I think this video is in poor taste and misses the mark.


ErikHess
ErikHess

Wow. Most brutal video I've seen since "Rabbit in Your Headlights". Even more explicitly brutal than that, but man, does it make a statement.

Allison Herrera
Allison Herrera

Supposedly their album is named for the famous feminist Shulamith Firestone, who died last year. I wonder what she would have said about that?

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