Last Valentine’s Day, Filipino-Nepali soul/R&B singer Jason Dhakal dropped the music video for “Body & Soul,” the first of 7 tracks from his debut EP “lovesound,” distributed by Warner Music Philippines.
The video, directed & produced by TwoFold Media, actually begins with the ethereal “dream2doubt – interlude,” the 4th track from “lovesound,” used as a moodsetter to ease into the languorous boldness of “Body & Soul.” It starts off with a scenic pan of luscious cove, slowly revealing Jason lounging by a pool with daintily scattered flower petals at night, almost auspiciously looking at a curious peach before biting into it and plunging into the pool.
The narrative of the video then takes a more sensual turn as it dives deeper into the concept of sexual exploration and non-conventional forms of intimacy and relationships. Daytime scenes with two individuals who seem to be home alone are interspliced with striking imagery of their fantasies through highly suggestive closeups of fruits, flowers, food and more. Such a candid and grounded approach to eroticism sends a powerful message that’s uncommon in today’s local media.
Produced by the prolific & widely renowned Lustbass, “Body & Soul” unapologetically indulges in the adoration of one’s beloved and the craving to merge with him/her on every level. “Let me ease your mind / Your soul, your body / Cater only to you, you're mine / Ain't fucking with nobody,” Jason croons passionately in the chorus.
“Body & Soul” is the follow-up to Jason’s single “Endlessly + Tenderly” which was released last August as part of “semilucent,” the debut mixtape by 88rising’s new label Paradise Rising, which featured emerging Filipino artists such as Leila Alcasid and Massiah among others. The 20 year old singer, represented by B-Side Productions, has also previously collaborated with other artists like JCON, CRWN, Arthur Nery and Claudia Barretto.
Along with the release of the music video for “Body & Soul,” Jason also released red versions of “lovesound” shirts to celebrate the anniversary of its drop of Valentine’s Day 2020. Get one or more for you &/or your loved one/s on www.jasondhakal.com.