Joan Wasser, AKA Joan As Police Woman, has a voice that provides instant comfort with its familiarity and tenderness.
Her heartfelt lyrics paired with some luxurious instrumentation makes Damned Devotion a highly enjoyable listen from the get-go, with opening track Wonderful easing the listener into a blissful bubble. Steed (for Jean Genet) combines elements of jazz and R&B to create a romping number that makes for a quick favourite.
The Silence is an empowering track enhanced by some defiant percussion, while Rely On similarly brings the goods by utilising a compelling glitch sample. With her instantly satisfying compositions and effortless ability, Damned Devotion cements Wasser’s status as one of our generation’s most important songwriters.
Damned Devotion is out Feb 9 via PIAS/Inertia.
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