Having collaborated with artists like Antony and the Johnsons and Rufus Wainwright, she shares a similar aesthetic, making music that is ethereal, beautiful, eccentric and very, very queer. “Surprise” only because you might know she famously dated Jeff Buckley before he tragically drowned in 1997, a fact that likely haunts her in every discussion of her musical career.
But there is no trace of her discussing her sexuality, which she once told me a few years ago was not-so-straight.
And I am glad that songs mean different things to each person — that’s the point. I don’t own it.”Some albums speak so clearly that they translate from the songwriter right into your own life, and that’s what does — ever single song.
Coupled with a voice that’s got the perfect tinge of soul pop over low-fi keyboard, drums and bass grooves, lyrics like “I will never be out of love” or “I find it hard to keep away from all that’s you” are cinematic: you can’t help but picture yourself as the protagonist in every song’s story.
”“I have many love songs that I have written about many people at once,” she said, “so the fact is that a percentage of many of my songs are about women.” is an album you could put on when you’re getting a little romantic, when you’re getting ready for a night out, or while you’re drinking a glass of wine at the end of a long day.
It’s got such a subtle but feel-good groove which Joan says she would “describe the color of as a vibrating fluorescent rainbow.”“It reflects how I feel in my life now, which is passionate and virile,” Joan said.
Were they curious fans of Antony and the Johnsons and Rufus Wainwright, two of the starry names with whom the band's lead singer, Joan Wasser, has collaborated?
Or had they simply come along to catch a glimpse of the woman who was dating the legendary New York singer Jeff Buckley when he drowned in a tributary of the Mississippi back in 1997?"It's hard to make a classical instrument fit into that world," she says, "but I wanted to bridge the gap between the guitar and the bass and play the violin really loud." In the grunge era, her band the Dambuilders were signed to a major label and toured the world.Then, in 1997, Buckley died while swimming in Wolf River, Tennessee.I am always searching for better ways to get along with others and to get along with myself.I feel that communication is all we’ve got and I am going to do it as much as I can for as long as my heart is beating.”Still, Joan isn’t going to give everything away.“Sometimes people want more information than I am willing to share and then it is my responsibility to set that boundary,” she said. As long as I continue to be clear, no one gets hurt.”And Joan has to be clear because she says the media often gets their facts wrong.“It seems that decisions are made about who my songs are written about and what they are about without anyone ever checking with the songwriter — me! “But this is part of putting my work out there — everyone will make of it what they will.I was denied, unfortunately, which is (also unfortunately) part of the job when it comes to being from the gay press.