Joan As Police Woman – the project of Joan Wasser – has announced a collaborative new album titled ‘The Solution is Restless’, written and recorded with the late Tony Allen and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu.
‘The Solution is Restless’ is the ninth studio album by Wasser under her long-running project. It is also one of the final studio recordings of Allen, who died in April 2020.
Born out of a night-long improvisation session in a Parisian studio, ‘The Solution is Restless’ will be released on November 5 via PIAS Recordings.
Wasser was initially acquainted with Allen in 2019 via longtime friend Damon Albarn – who contributed on the song ‘Get My Bearings’. Wasser and Allen performed a Nina Simone song live before convening in the studio months later.
According to a press release, the improvised recordings laid a foundation for Wasser to work on the album during lockdown. The single ‘Take Me To Your Leader’, Wasser says, is its “most incendiary” song.
“I wrote it watching Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand, navigate 2020,” Wasser said. “In my dreamworld, the US asks to meet her in order to learn how to better run the country”.