As a multi-disciplinary artist and decorated luminary, Vivek Sharaya’s most recent album, Part-Time Woman (recently long-listed for Canada’s lauded Polaris Prize), is equal parts a meticulously articulated personal reflection as it is collective reckoning. Tackling themes like misogyny, sexism, and lateral violence with an unflinching honesty that juxtaposes the album’s lush, orchestral soundscape, Part-Time Woman imparts the universality of a personal politic on an ever-evolving global conversation.
For the one year anniversary of Part-Time Woman, Shraya has made available previously unreleased behind the scenes footage of the making of the album featuring Queer Songbook Orchestra, Choir! Choir! Choir! and TiKA with interviews by Shaun Brodie and producer James Bunton. In her own words, the video is both a statement of the album’s final iteration while underscoring the process it took to get there:
Part-Time Woman was my first “solo” album in six years and reflecting on its creation a year later, it seems fitting that there were so many marginalized artists involved. Though the album title suggests a singular experience, it required a community for me to come into my transness, and this video highlights the way this album was also a community project.
One of my favourite moments of the recording process is captured in this video, where the women in Choir! Choir! Choir! belt out the lyrics “are you hitting on me / or are you going to hit me” and “girl it’s your body / don’t ever say you’re sorry” and make these words their own. These songs were deliberately built with several voices—both vocally and instrumentally—to show that “woman” is not a monolith but rather, is multifaceted.
You can watch the video in full below.