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Tribal field recordings fittingly open The Deep Field, Joan Wasser’s 2011 long-player, before the sunny strut of “Nervous” kicks in with Wasser singing more confidently than the song’s title suggests. She sounds happier here than heard on both her previous albums, especially in sultry standout “The Magic” where a vacuum-tight rhythm section lays down a sinister groove while Wasser coos in a creamy coolness reminiscent of early Sade recordings. The arrangements begin more sparsely in the slow-burning funk of “The Action Man”, allowing some room for Wasser’s vocals to stretch-out enough to hear her slightly textured inflections before the instruments steadily build in dynamic layers. She almost sounds aloof in the languid “Flash” where the tempo pulses slowly and sublime instrumental flourishes dapple the song’s topography like shadows of clouds. “Human Condition” brings back the groove with a steady beat of handclaps, buttery fretless bass runs, a Barry White sounding backing singer and her smoothest vocal performance to date. “Say Yes” ends with Wasser’s return to her original vision of punk R&B where guitar distortion nicely contrasts soulful singing.

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Get lost in the Deep Field

The new JAPW album is a mellow, soulful delight. If you like music that takes unexpected turns, spins your head and makes you think, this is for you. Sublime stuff, I can't recommend this highly enough...


A wonderful album from a very talented songwriter, amazing songs and singing. Can't stop playing this. Buy it now.

The Deep Field

From start to finish a brilliant, confident album by JAPW. A sure-fire hit for any Regina or St Vincent fan.


Born: 26 July 1970 in Biddeford, ME

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Described by Joan Wasser as "punk rock R&B" and "American soul music," Joan as Police Woman combines two of the biggest influences on her music: classic soul such as Al Green and Nina Simone and the rougher experimental sounds of Sonic Youth and Bad Brains. The mix never sounds contrived, thanks to the intuitive interplay of Wasser's vocals, violins, and guitar, Rainy Orteca's bass, and Ben Perowsky's percussion in the first version of the group. Later, Wasser employed a varied cast of collaborators....
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