Exclusive: Joan As Police Woman Pushes for Transparency With New Single "Tell Me"

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Exclusive: Joan As Police Woman Pushes for Transparency With New Single "Tell Me"

With her forthcoming effort Damned Devotion, Joan As Police Woman delves deeper into the emotional subjects she’s never been afraid to address in the first place. The album will find Joan Wasser at her rawest, most pensive and even her most free—she maintains her timeless melodies but couples them with experimental percussive elements, which she programs with the help of drummer Parker Kindred. The rhythms build a strong foundation for her stirring lyricism and effervescent keys from Thomas Bartlett, as evident in her newest single “Tell Me,” which premieres today exclusively at Paste.

“Tell me, tell me, tell me / What do you want?” Wasser urges as vocals echo harmoniously throughout the hook. Of the song, she says:

I am always wanting more intimate dialogue. Fear of being vulnerable, future tripping and feelings of shame, paranoia and jealousy get in the way. “You got to separate now what’s real, what’s not real” = stop using jealousy (not real) as a way to avoid having to clarify and tell me what you really want (real). Why don’t we try trusting each other enough to be fully transparent? What is there to lose?

You can experience more transparency from Wasser when Damned Devotion comes out Feb. 9 via Play It Again Sam. Until then, listen to “Tell Me” below and further down, find the cover art and tracklist for Damned Devotion, plus audio from Joan As Police Woman’s 2011 Daytrotter Session.

Damned Devotion Cover Art:

JAPW via Play It Again Sam.jpg

Damned Devotion Tracklist:
01. Wonderful
02. Warning Bell
03. Tell Me
04. Steed (For Jean Genet)
05. Damned Devotion
06. The Silence
07. Valid Jagger
08. Rely On
09. What Was It Like
10. Talk About it Later
11. Silly Me
12. I Don’t Mind

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