Maxing out the cool factor, a very seductive Sarah Jaffe delivered her second album earlier this year, The Body Wins (Kirtland Records). With it, came her signature vocals and experimental electro-jazz beats on two fresh track releases–just enough sound to sweat palms and spark discovery.
As a follow up to her previous acoustic work, Suburban Nature (2010), Jaffe triggers a new self and a bigger imagination entering more technical space with her sound composition throughout the album. Finessed by Grammy-class producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, Wye Oak), the recent Jaffe material escapes the alt-rock, electro-pop, folk-bending mold and builds upon borderless classical and contemporary music arrangements, particularly with the album-titled track, “The Body Wins” and again to a greater extent with “The Way Sound Leaves A Room”. For anyone new to the Sarah Jaffe scene, may The Body Wins fill the generational gap between Fiona/Cat Power and the tang of maybe Kodachrome or Feist. Catch the artist du jour on the road in September at Fitzgerald’s (Houston, Texas).