Play It Again Sam.
‘Damned Devotion’ is the brand new album from Joan As Police Woman, which sees a return to the darker, sensual sound of her celebrated early releases and finds Joan Wasser at her rawest yet.
Described by Joan Wasser as "punk rock R&B" and "American soul music," Joan as Police Woman combines two of the biggest influences on her music: classic soul such as Al Green and Nina Simone and the rougher experimental sounds of Sonic Youth and Bad Brains. The mix never sounds contrived, thanks to the intuitive interplay of Wasser's vocals, violins, and guitar, Rainy Orteca's bass, and Ben Perowsky's percussion in the first version of the group. Later, Wasser employed a varied cast of collaborators.
Her fifth album ‘Damned Devotion’ Joan As Police Woman delves deeper into the emotional subjects she’s never been afraid to address in the first place. The album will find Joan Wasser at her rawest, most pensive and even her most free—she maintains her timeless melodies but couples them with experimental percussive elements, which she programs with the help of drummer Parker Kindred.
Famously a collaborator and muse to artists as diverse as Anohni, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and Beck, since the release of her last album Joan has worked alongside fashion designers Viktor & Rolf as well as a growing list of musicians including Sufjan Stevens, Lau, RZA and most recently Daniel Johnston. “I say yes to almost everything,” she admits. “I just want to be making music all the time. I can comfortably say that music has saved my life and continues to save my life. I am a devotee. It’s not something I can even choose or not choose it’s just what is.” … Damned Devotion
“The coolest woman in pop” The Times
“This is breathtakingly good music” Uncut
“A voice so wondrous and moving that it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane” The Guardian