The backstory to Poliça is more than enough to make them an intriguing proposition. The story begins when Ryan Olsen began indie super collective Gayngs. The multitude of collaborators he brought together to create that soft rock-inspired sound on debut Relayted included Justin Vernon. Also on this mega-roster was Channy Leaneagh. Her talents shone so much that Olsen asked her to create something new, an entirely new force (Poliça force, yeah? No? Sorry), with Cassell taking charge of the vocals and Olsen on production.

Give You The Ghost is also borne out of a break up. After splitting with husband Alexei Casselle, Leaneagh left the band she played in with Casselle, folk-rockers Roma di Luna.

These two events inform the album and coalesce to create an emotionally charged and sonically adventurous album. It means we get a record that feels forlorn and touching while retaining a wonderment and hopefulness. 'Wandering Star' is maybe the most explicit in showing the former. Leaneagh’s voice floats over spacey synths and she sings "I sit alone in my lonely bed and I think about the day we had. It makes me sad cos you’re gone." It ends with her ruminating on how "Now the world turns around me."

What provides an extra dimension is how the vocals are used as an (autotuned) instrument, weaved into melancholic shapes. While autotune sometimes removes the emotion, here - as the lyrics come through an electronic mist – it seems to invest them with even more intimacy. Right from the opening electronic shards of Amongster the record is swathed in echo and reverb, dark but hauntingly beautiful.

Through these glacial layers of electronica we hear Olsen’s influence. There are obviously similarities to Gayngs but this sound feels like it’s being taken further than Gayngs dared try. More focus, more emotional resonance, maybe more adventure but more certainly.

Olsen’s production mixes elements of the zeitgeist - M83, The XX and Zola Jesus are all relevant touchpoints - but takes it in another direction. 'I See My Mother' is crunching and sassy. 'Form' slowly unfurls, swelling into a lengthy crescendo. 'Lay Your Cards Out', which features Mike Noyce, formerly of Bon Iver, uses snare drums to build to a magical crescendo.

It makes for a powerful album that shows artistry and emotion. It’s sultry and affecting, full of movement yet atmospheric, slowed and elegant. Vernon himself has name-checked Poliça as "the best band I've ever heard." That may be hyperbole but this is pretty damn good.