"It's more in your face, more blammo" - hmv.com talks to Joan As Police Woman
As he new album The Classic hits CD shelves on Monday (March 10th), we sat down with Joan As Police Woman (or Joan Wasser as she's known to her mother) about the album's making, why she wanted to be more bold and brash this time round and why this is a much happier time in her life...
Your new album The Classic is due out is out on Monday, how are you feeling ahead of release? Nervous or excited?
"Happy to finally have it be released into the world. I feel I no longer own it after the release and I am ready to unleash it."
When did you finish the record? Have you been sat on it for a while?
"I finished writing the record in May 2013, finished recording it September. It’s a quick turnaround as far as records are concerned but it always feels like forever for me."
When was the album written? Have you been writing for it for a couple of years?
"I had one song ('Stay') written when I started consciously writing for it in fall of 2012, but I had had a bunch of parts of songs ready for development as well. I played a number of solo shows in Nov, Dec and Jan in a small venue to try out the songs I had been working on and to feel what worked, what didn’t what needed development, what needed editing."
What was recording like? Were you in the studio for a long time?
"We recorded this album over several months. We didn’t do it in one studio. We recorded the basics for 3 or 4 songs at a time in various studios around town and did overdubs in Tyler Wood’s home studio and at Trout Recording."
You worked with Joseph Arthur on the album, what did he bring to the process?
"Joseph has been on all of my albums. We have a long history with collaboration. When I am finishing up a song, I start to hear where I’d like to hear his voice. He is so free in the studio and that openness works well on my music."
How do you feel this album moves on from The Deep Field?
"I feel like The Classic is a natural step forward from The Deep Field. I worked on making the sound more in your face, more blammo, more live sounding. I let my love for Motown and soul music out more. I left long outros on the songs and developed those as their own pieces of music. I had a lot of fun, felt I was less precious."
You've described this is a much happier record than your previous work, what has inspired that change?
"I finally got to a place where I stopped caring about shit that doesn’t matter. I know that sounds ridiculous, but that’s how it feels for me. It’s not as though everything is unicorns and rainbows but I love life and take that love out into the world now with me unfettered."
The album cover's really striking with its gold look, what inspired that?
"Hmmm…. not sure. When I decided on the title, I just felt like gold skin would be the ticket."
What does the rest of 2014 look like for you? And when will we see you back in the UK?
"2014 is one big tour. I am in the UK (and Ireland) for the whole of March too. When I arrive home I am recording a new project band I started with Benjamin Lazar Davis called 2001. Thrilled about that."
Finally, what are you listening to at the moment? Are there any new artists that have caught your attention?
"The song 'Easy' by Son Lux is killing me. I will always check out what Sufjan, Cass Mccombs, James Blake and Krystle Warren are doing."
Joan As Police Woman's new album The Classic is out on Monday (March 10th). You can download it here.