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Joan As Police Woman announces career retrospective compilation

By | Published on Friday 15 March 2019

Joan As Police Woman

Joan As Police Woman, aka Joan Wasser, has announced a new compilation titled ‘Joanthology’, to be released in May. As well as songs from across her various album and EP releases, the record will also feature a collection of tracks recorded in session for BBC Radio 6 Music.

As well as all that, there will be two brand new recordings – a version of Prince’s ‘Kiss’ and new song ‘What A World’. Of the latter she says: “I was at the ocean in a tiny house by myself when I wrote this song. I took long walks on the beach singing into the sound of the crashing waves; the surf so big it completely enveloped my voice”.

“The feelings there were overwhelming and multi-faceted”, she goes on. “At the time of writing, I couldn’t get over that the pain, which felt like it would tear me apart, was part of a larger feeling that made staying alive in this world so inexplicably joyful. The lyrics were difficult to write and raw in a way that made me shiver”.

“When I finished the song, I played it live just a few times at shows, then I put it away” she adds. “Over the years, I continued to get asked about ‘What A World’, so I rewrote and recorded it this year. I combined the initial wild spark with the clarity of years of waves crashing on the shore. Pain and joy. Longing and equanimity. Infinite questions surrounded by endless movement. I’m looking forward to finally sharing it with the world”.

Listen to ‘What A World’ here:

With ‘Joanthology’ out on 24 May, Wasser will also be touring the UK and Ireland over the summer. Here are the dates:

21 Jun: Brighton, St George’s
23 Jun: Leamington Spa, Assembly
24 Jun: London, EartH
26 Jun: Folkestone, Quarterhouse
29 Jun: Cardiff, The Gate Arts Centre
30 Jun: St Ives, Guildhall
1 Jul: Exeter, Phoenix Arts Centre
2 Jul: Bristol, St George’s
3 Jul: Liverpool, Epstein Theatre
5 Jul: Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
6 Jul: Gateshead, The Sage
7 Jul: Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre
9 Jul: Glasgow, St. Luke’s
10 Jul: Leeds, College of Music
11 Jul: Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall
13 Jul: Dublin Liberty Hall Theatre
14 Jul: Letterkenny An Grainan
16 Jul: Cork St. Luke’s Church
17 Jul: Waterford, Theatre Royale