Cassandra Jenkins has collaborated with scholar, vocalist, and sārangī player Suhail Yusuf Khan for a new EP. It features improvisations and songs from Jenkins’ catalog, recorded live in the studio for Sonos Radio’s Music is Everything! podcast. Jenkins has also shared a new video for ‘Crosshairs (interlude)’, which was made with filmmaker Adinah Dancyge and writer, sex worker and political activist Liara Roux. Listen to Chale Jaana: Cassandra Jenkins & Suhail Yusuf Khan Live and check out the video below.
“Songs have many faces, and I wanted to explore the subconscious side of Crosshairs’ DNA by collaborating with other artists I love to create something tender and surreal,” Jenkins wrote in a statement about ‘Crosshairs (interlude)’. “I wanted to capture the kind of intimacy that happens between strangers, or two people who are exploring each other for the first time, and the way it opens up our psyches. The shoot was less of a performance, and more of a playful, intuitive scene.”
“Crosshairs reflects a curiosity about the subjective experience of intimacy,” Dancyger said. The magnification of details of the human form brings an otherworldly sense of such a human experience, a sacred feeling that can happen through human connection.”
Roux added: “I was so excited when Cassandra asked me to participate in this shoot – it was as though she read my mind! Crosshairs is my favorite song off the album. It’s moody and tender, captures that ineffable beauty of finding yourself falling into someone else and I think the video reflects that.”
Jenkins’ latest studio album was 2021’s An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, which was followed by the compilation (An Overview on) An Overview on Phenomenal Nature. Revisit our Artist Spotlight interview with Cassandra Jenkins.