Joan as Police Woman’s much anticipated sophomore album, To Survive, is available now in an exclusive one week pre-release on iTunes via Cheap Lullaby Records. Already a critic’s darling following the success of her debut release Real Life, Joan Wasser’s second solo album further entrenches her into the ranks of the well respected artists she earned her chops alongside – namely Lou Reed, Antony and the Johnsons, and Rufus Wainwright – before striking out on a solo career of her own.
Indeed, To Survive has received glowing reviews from sources as varied as Q Magazine, Black Book, New York Daily News, and Venus Zine. “Each song comes packed with little moments of unpredictability that bear out her self-declared “punk rock R&B” intentions,” Q writes. Black Book describes the album as “recalling the more rueful sides of Feist, Roberta Flack, and a smidgen of Cat Power,” and Venus Zine draws comparisons to both 80’s hard rock band Heart’s “Dreamboat Annie” and legendary jazz singer Nina Simone.
Wasser appeared on New York’s WNYC “Soundcheck” program this week to give an exclusive live performance of both lead single “To Be Loved” and title track “To Survive” and to discuss the creative process behind To Survive. A process yielding songs that, as New York Daily News writes, “can be beautiful or eerie, harsh or ethereal, but it’s always deeply serious.”
Video after the jump.