Friday, June 22, 2007

Joan sings for herself

Although the name Joan Wasser may or may not ring any bells for you, I'm sure your ears have reveled in her musical artfulness. Her resume includes performing as a member of the Dambuilders, Black Beetle, Antony and the Johnsons, and Rufus Wainwright's band. And now finally, she performs for herself as Joan As Police Woman.

From Joan's bio on her website...

Influences: "Life" Sounds Like: "The wind rushing through the forest."

How that translates into your ear...

Joan's music simmers with a soulful feel that begs you to listen over and over again. You probably won't pick up on what is tantalizingly there on the first few listens, but give her some time and your ears will start to tease out the heart of it. The album starts with the slow and steady, piano driven title track Real Life where Joan invites the listener "...take the chance, be reckless with me." From there, things pick up with Eternal Flame, but the music never loses its languid heat which emanates from Joan's voice. Think Amy Winehouse, but more mature, more depth, more meaning.

The album is out now, and if you take the time to visit your favorite music store or order a physical copy of it you'll not only get the 10 tracks on Real Life, but a second CD with 6 additional tracks appropriately titled Real Life (B Sides). They've got a VERY different feel to them compared to the 10 on the album and I would really recommend you getting them both instead of digitally purchasing Joan. Try the following:

Joan As Police Woman - The Ride : Real Life

Joan As Police Woman - Save Me : Real Life

Joan As Police Woman - Endless Supply Of Poison : Real Life (B Sides)

Visit her website, her label Cheap Lullaby Records, and become her friend on MySpace.

Catch her live:

Jun 26 2007 Paradiso Amsterdam
Jun 28 2007 Peace And Love Festival Borlange
Jun 29 2007 Rock Werchter Werchter
Jun 30 2007 Les Nuits de Fourviere Lyon
Jul 1 2007 Radar Live (solar beach) Istanbul
Jul 3 2007 Opera of Rennes - Theatre du Vieux St Etienne Rennes
Jul 6 2007 Wye Fayre - Ashford UK Ashford
Jul 8 2007 Vera Groningen Groningen Netherlands
Jul 11 2007 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK with Loney Dear + Andrew Bird
Jul 14 2007 Latitude Festival - UK ipswich
Jul 15 2007 Letterkenney - Earagail Arts Centre - Donegal Donegal
Jul 17 2007 Mercati Generali - Catania catania
Jul 18 2007 Pico Castle Courtyard - Mirandola Modena
Jul 19 2007 Nuvolari Festival - Cueno Cueno
Jul 20 2007 Sesto Fiorentino- Area Osmannoro
Jul 31 2007 Schubas Chicago, Illinois
Aug 9 2007 IOTA Club & Cafe Arlington, Virginia
Aug 10 2007 Tin Angel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 3 2007 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, Washington
Sep 4 2007 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Sep 5 2007 Sam Bond's Garage Eugene, OR
Sep 6 2007 Cafe du Nord San Francisco, California
Sep 7 2007 Spaceland Los Angeles, CA
Sep 8 2007 Casbah San Diego, California
Sep 15 2007 End Of The Road Festival - UK Salsbury


Anonymous said...

your description of her music is spot on. i downloaded the ride awhile back but today i have listened to it non-stop..thanks.

mike in va

Sean said...

thanks Mike, glad you're enjoying her. i was hoping to see her live, but she cancelled. bummer