Sarah JaffeSarah Jaffe is all grown up. While fans may still think of her as a talented young singer-songwriter where her gorgeously plaintive voice is accompanied solely by elegant guitar strums, Jaffe has garnered some serious accolades and impressive comparisons after releasing her third full length album in April. MTV compares her performance of the latest single “Glorified High” to Ellie Goulding; Fiona Apple and Feist parallels are drawn by Jon Pareles of The New York Times; and strains of Jenny Owens Young and St. Vincent are what Chris Payne of Billboard hears. Not to mention Jaffe’s killer Robyn-esque hairstyle.
The Body Wins displays a matured Jaffe, exploring new musical corners and wider ideas. She achieved this new depth by writing around bass lines or rhythm rather than the usual guitar melodies after picking up a drum kit and bass guitar at a second hand store to help with her creative block. Jaffe also worked closely on this album with Fiona Brice, a composer and arranger, to supplement other instrumental parts, like horns and harp, over the basic drum/bass/guitar demos. A significant chunk of the songs also manipulate her vocals and include intriguing synthesizer lines. Check out her video for the first single off the album here, complete with an 11 year old dancing like she’s the next Missy Elliot.