JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN announces JOANTHOLOGY, her first ever career retrospective, due May 24th on Play It Again Sam

March 12, 2019


Due May 24th 2019 on Play It Again Sam 

Featuring two new recordings – listen to ‘What A World’

Plus UK tour dates in June / July

Joan Wasser aka JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN releases ‘JOANTHOLOGY’, her first ever career retrospective, on May 24th 2019 (Play It Again Sam). The new album will be released as a deluxe triple CD set including ‘Live At The BBC’, a collection of songs recorded in session for BBC 6Music. There will also be a limited edition sky blue vinyl release of ‘Live At The BBC’ and digital editions.
JOANTHOLOGY’ spans the first fifteen years of Joan’s remarkable musical output and includes new, rare and unreleased material alongside more than thirty of her most loved songs. Curated and sequenced by Joan and manager Tom Rose (who discovered and released her earliest recordings) this collection showcases Joan’s songwriting chops, her love of music, of experimentation and of life!
With songs from each Joan As Police Woman album: ‘Real Life’ , ‘To Survive’ , ‘The Deep Field’ , ’The Classic’ and ‘Damned Devotion’, it also includes material from her album of cover versions, ‘Cover’, from 2016’s ‘Let It Be You’, recorded with Benjamin Lazar Davis, and the lead track from her debut EP ‘My Gurl’ (2004). Full tracklisting below..
‘JOANTHOLOGY’ features two new recordings, the self-penned ‘What A World’ and a cover of Prince’s ‘Kiss’, which was recently performed as the encore for her Damned Devotion Tour.

‘What A World’ by Joan, March 2019:

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. 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. 
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.”

Ahead of a UK/Ireland tour beginning on June 21st in Brighton, Joan will be in London to play as part of Damon Albarn’s ‘Africa Express – The Circus’ at Wanstead Flats, on March 29th.
Joan As Police Woman’s JOANTHOLOGY TOUR includes a night at London’s beautiful new seated venue Earth where she will perform her songbook solo, just piano, guitar and her bewitching voice, a live format not seen since she toured her acclaimed debut album ‘Real Life’ (Reveal 2006). Joan will reimagine many of the key songs from ‘JOANTHOLOGY’ in a extended concert set that gives fans of all ages a rare chance to hear many of her intensely personal and intimate songs that she hasn’t performed for many years, alongside new material and well chosen covers. All shows are seated, no support.

Tour Dates – Tickets
European Joanthology Tour – performing solo, no support 2019 
21st June – England, Brighton, St Georges 
23rd June – England, Leamington Spa, Assembly 
24th June – England, London Earth 
26th June – England, Folkestone, Quarterhouse 
29th June – Wales, Cardiff, The Gate Arts Centre
30th June – England, St Ives, Guildhall
1st July – England, Exeter, Phoenix Arts Centre
2nd July – England,Bristol, St Georges 
3rd July – England, Liverpool, Epstein Theatre 
5th July – England,Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
6th July – England, Gateshead, The Sage 
7th July – Scotland, Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre 
9th July – Scotland, Glasgow, St. Luke’s 
10th July – England, Leeds, College of Music
11th July – England, Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall 
13th July – Ireland, Dublin Liberty Hall Theatre 
14th July – Ireland, Letterkenny An Grainan 
16th July – Ireland, Cork St. Luke’s Church
17th July – Ireland, Waterford, Theatre Royale

Listen to a ‘JOANTHOLOGY’ sampler on Spotify:

My Gurl
The Ride
Real Life
Eternal Flame
I Defy (feat. Antony)
We Don’t Own It
Honor Wishes (feat. David Sylvian)
Hard White Wall
Start of My Heart
To America (feat. Rufus Wainwright)
To Be Lonely
The Magic
Human Condition
Run For Love
Forever and A Year

What A World (new recording)
Whatever You Like (T.I)
Holy City
Get Direct
Good Together
Your Song (first time on CD)
Myrrhman (Talk Talk)
Broke Me In Two (with Benjamin Lazar Davis)
Valid Jagger
Tell Me
Silly Me
Warning Bell
Kiss (Prince)

Live at The BBC *
To Be Loved
Start of My Heart
Human Condition
She Watch Channel Zero (Public Enemy)
Sacred Trickster (Sonic Youth)
Holy City
The Classic
Magic Lamp (with Benjamin Lazar Davis)
Let It Be You (with Benjamin Lazar Davis)
The Silence
Damned Devotion


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