CASSANDRA JENKINS – ” American Spirits “

Posted: December 12, 2021 in MUSIC

Cassandra Jenkins is a grand storyteller; the high point of her breakthrough album “An Overview On Phenomenal Nature” is a series of impressionistic character sketches that ache with reality. She applies those same talents to “American Spirits,” an outtake from that same album. Against a gentle whirr of atmospheric hum and keyboards, Jenkins adopts a calming demeanor to sing about a situation that’s anything but calm. Inspired by a voicemail left by a friend who was stopped and arrested at the Texas border, she recounts that incident but focuses more on the way the message was delivered. Jenkins puts it better than I can: “What resulted is the poetic ambiguity that can arise from the struggle of searching for the words to tell someone we love exactly what has happened.” “American Spirits” captures that tentativeness, the beauty at delivering a hard message in a tender way, something that Jenkins accomplishes well enough with her own music.

Cassandra Jenkins  new song called “American Spirits.” It’s taken from her upcoming album (An Overview on) An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, a collection of alternative tracks and outtakes from her excellent full-length An Overview on Phenomenal Nature.

“American Spirits” was originally written in 2019. When revisiting the track for this upcoming collection, Jenkins worked with Josh Kaufman and the Walkmen’s Matt Barrick. She also added an old voicemail by her friend to the mix. “I cherished this voicemail for years because, even in that difficult moment, I could hear a tenderness in his voice as he confessed, as well as avoided, reporting that he had spent the night in jail,” she explained in a statement. “What resulted is the poetic ambiguity that can arise from the struggle of searching for the words to tell someone we love exactly what has happened.”

Released February 19th, 2021

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