credit: Wyndham Garnett
New York City based Cassandra Jenkins, a songwriter who “knows how to leave an impression” with “elegantly celestial climaxes, emerald green-glowing guitar work”(P4k), released her first full-length album, Play Till You Win in 2017, followed last year's Live in Foxen Cayon. The cosmos in Cassandra’s self proclaimed Cosmic American songs are both macro and micro, with nods woven throughout to Hollywood-and-Vine country surrealism in a tapestry that is “tender and trance like” (Interview Magazine). What makes her collection of songs stand out from fellow acolytes of psychedelic burritos and dusty journeys through gilded palaces of sin, is that her vision and scope of influences are broad, idio-syncratic and ever-changing. Cassandra uses the clarity and smoldering sense of longing conveyed by her “smokey vocals” (NPR) to transcend her urban surroundings in order to connect to a deeper, quintessentially American vein of expression that showcases a sophisticated art heart and a mature point of view about the masks and complications of desire.
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