JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN returns with a new album, Damned Devotion, and it’s her best yet.
The first video to accompany the album is for Warning Bell (Track of the Day on Lauren Laverne’s 6Music show), a tender, bewitching song of regret Joan wrote about “being a romantic and the naiveté that goes along with it.”
Directed by New York filmmaker/artist H Spencer Young (hspenceryoung.com) Joan wanted to capture the performance of the song without obscuring the power of the lyrics. Joan: “Words mean different things to different people and it’s important to me to allow the listener to have images of their own. That being said, the weather cooperated with us that night – rain and moisture in the air has always made me thoughtful. We wanted to capture the mystery of New York City while driving through Chinatown and parts of Brooklyn that hold deep meaning for me.”
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Already acknowledged as a thrilling live performer and starkly honest lyricist, new album Damned Devotion finds Joan Wasser at her rawest. While her 2014 album The Classic was a soulful celebration of life and her 2011 album The Deep Field a lush moody expansion, this new release sees her stripping her compositions back to the core, the bare-all lyricism and timeless melodies harking back to her accolade-winning album To Survive (2008) and the universally acclaimed debut album Real Life (2006). Joan: “My maxim is: if it feels scary to say it, it’s the thing you must say”. And on Damned Devotion the thoughtful lyricism is married to Joan’s most accessible music to date.
Following the release of Damned Devotion Joan As Police Woman will take her captivating live show on the road reaching the UK in April 2018 and including a prestigious show at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Tickets on sale Friday 24th November here
JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN UK Tour – April 2018:
17th GLASGOW – Old Fruitmarket
18th GATESHEAD – Sage
19th BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall
20th LEEDS – Howard Assembly Room
22nd LONDON – Royal Festival Hall
23rd BRIGHTON – The Old Market
24th MANCHESTER – The Stoller Hall
25th BRISTOL – St George’s Church
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
Praise for Joan As Police Woman:
The Times – ‘The coolest woman in pop’ // Uncut – ‘This is breathtakingly good music‘ // Mojo – ‘full of meditative beauty…ravishing and lovelorn’ // Sunday Times – ‘Sensational’ // The Guardian -‘a voice so wondrous and moving that it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane’
JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN – ‘DAMNED DEVOTION’ – Pre-Order HERE
Stream / Download Warning Bell HERE
Album released February 9th 2018
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