These artists have created a new music and are showing a nice way for the young generation. Bravo and it’s a great pleasure to hear Tony’s laugh in the studio. If you enjoye, we enjoye too !
THE SOLUTION IS RESTLESS is a joint album written and recorded by Joan As Police Woman, Dave Okumu of The Invisible and legendary drummer Tony Allen shortly before he passed away. Damon Albarn also features on the record released November 5th 2021.
Joan says..''Damon Albarn introduced me to Afrobeat legend, Tony Allen, at the Africa Express event “The Circus” in London in 2019. Tony and I played Nina Simone's I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free and made a pact to record together in the future. In November of that year, our pact was realised. My old friend and fierce musician Dave Okumu joined Tony and me in a Parisian studio, where we improvised, untethered by form or tempo. I left with the tapes without knowing exactly how I’d use them.
In April I lost a beloved mentor, Hal Willner. Hal created beautiful and unlikely collaborations among artists. Hal appointed me Musical Director of Hal’s collaboration on Neil Young’s songbook in 2004 (Prospect Park) and 2011 (Winter Olympics Vancouver). Grieving Hal’s death, I began creating songs from the Parisian improvisations, only to learn of Tony’s passing while in the studio. As my world became undone, I focused on creating the new album from the Paris collaboration.
This production style danced in my mind for years. The songs are composed in various ways. For some, I used only a one-bar drum loop; for others I created blueprints around basic A/B sections we had improvised. I used the source material in every way possible. The pandemic allowed me to explore and experiment for months in my home studio.
The album title, The Solution Is Restless, is a lyric from one of the songs, Geometry Of You, which muses on the numerical perfection of numbers and geometry applied to a person’s body, heart and mind. Rather than orchestrate an elaborate seduction of a lover, I simply ask them what they want. The answer is my poetic understanding of quantum theory: the solution is restless. The solution to caress a person’s heart is final and fluid, different on a different day, constantly changing."
released November 5, 2021
Vocals, Strings, Piano, 12 String Acoustic, Wurlitzer, Synths, Bass, Percussion, Production & Lyrics
Tony Allen - Drums
Dave Okumu - Bass (2-4, 6-10), Guitar (1,2,4,7,8,10), Percussion (7)
Cole Kamen-Green - Trumpet
Damon Albarn - Vocals, Piano (2)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Bass (1)
Parker Kindred - Percussion (1)
Aviram Barath - Moog (1)
Luke Moellman - Mixing
Fred Kevorkian - Mastering
Recorded at Midilive Studios Villetaneuse France by Hugo Bracchi
Trout Recording Brooklyn by Adam Sachs
& at Wonderland. Reuben Butchart - Art Direction & Collage
Terrance Hayes - Artwork & Collage (front)
Daniel Amazu Wasser - Artwork Gatefold & Sleeves.
Damon, Meshell, Terrance, Dan, Tom Rose, Eric Comet, Stephane Ichai, BG, Rita Zappador, Ian Birrell, Jeff Pachman, all at PIAS and engineer extraordinaire Adam Sachs with whom I witnessed every season from the safety of the studio over Peppa's & Luanne's.
In honor of Tony Allen & Hal Willner who sparked the deepest magic in collaboration.
‘Joan As Police Woman is one of the 21st century’s best musicians’ (The Economist)
”Sensational” - Sunday
”This is breathtakingly good music” - Uncut
”The coolest woman in pop” - The Times
”full of meditative beauty…ravishing and lovelorn” - Mojo
”a voice so wondrous and moving that it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane” - The Guardian
”Beautiful” - Q...more
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Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell