Joan Wasser and Rufus Wainwright have a long history of working and touring together – mostly with Joan as backing singer or support act for her flamboyant Canadian friend – and a proper duet between the two had long been anticipated before surfacing earlier this year on the second Joan As Police Woman album, To Survive.
Album closer ‘To America’ starts out a little jaunty, gathers teardrops in its eyes, poses questions with no answers and swoons along in its sophisticated melancholy before erupting into an elaborate, almost euphoric singalong towards the end. It’s classy, even stately stuff, and will be yours for the price of a download, CD or 7″ vinyl come December 1st. Not coincidentally, Wasser and her JAPW bandmates will be hitting the road for an 11-date tour of the UK and Ireland the same week. Dates after the jump.
04.12.08 Junction, Cambridge
05.12.08 Brudenell Rooms, Leeds
07.12.08 Concorde 2, Brighton
08.12.08 Thekla, Bristol
09.12.08 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
10.12.08 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
12.12.08 The Sage, Gateshead
13.12.08 Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
14.12.08 Academy 2, Manchester
15.12.08 Empire, Belfast
16.12.08 The Button Factory, Dublin
Joan As Police Woman, ‘To Be Loved’