Originally a member of the Dambuilders, guitarist, violinist, and singer/songwriter Joan Wasser has performed and released three solo albums under the moniker of Joan as Policewoman since 2002. Her fourth and solo album, The Classic which PIAS released earlier this year, was released to critical praise — especially throughout the UK, as publications such as The Times, Uncut, The Independent, Q and others have offered some breathless words about the new effort.
“Witness” is the latest single from Wasser’s latest effort and it’s an incredibly soulful track with a bit of a pop sensibility. Consisting of organ, horns, bass, military style percussion and Wasser’s sultry vocals, the track owes a great debt to soul, pop and New Orleans brass.
The official video, shot in a lustrous black and white pays homage to film – but with surreal, at times almost Dadaist imagery , paired with a character signing the lyrics of the song and specific concepts that come up. It’s trippy and yet strangely approachable.