For those used to Joan Wasser's music arriving with a dark cloud hovering over it, the joyous Chemmie is something of a revelation
When Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman) released her debut album, Real Life, in 2006 she'd already performed with the likes of Lou Reed, Elton John and Antony & the Johnsons. Early interviews were prefaced with the fact that Wasser was dating the late Jeff Buckley at the time of his death, while her second album, To Survive, was written in the aftermath of her mother's death. Sadness seemed to hang over everything she did, which made this year's The Deep Field a mild revelation, Wasser referring to it as her "joyous record". Chemmie, the third single to be taken from The Deep Field, was inspired by "the undeniable chemistry that soars past logic" and harnesses Wasser's distinctive, smokey vocal in a musical setting that leans towards '70s Philly soul, all dramatic organ fills and jazzy, mid-paced drum splashes. In the video ? premiered here exclusively ? Wasser falls for a football coach who appears to be a werewolf and has to fend off a female team whose jealous rage turns physical.
Chemmie is released on the 1 August