From A-list TV spots to Eminem’s recent track “Bad Guy”, and more recently a project with Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon, Sarah Jaffe is running the gamut fast and hard. There are musicians known for their lyrics, vocal arrangements and those for that gift of solidarity at the intersection of the art of melody and technology. If there were one artist who could capture it all in a musical era that so often loses something in between, Sarah Jaffe owns it. Overlapping urban, folk, rock and with a kind of Cat Power slash Radiohead stream of consciousness, Jaffe nails it all in her sophomore album The Body Wins (Kirtland Records), and more precisely with her new release, Defense and Satire from her latest focus: The Dividends – a project between Sarah and S1 – aka renowned grammy artist Symbolyc 1 (Jay-Z, Beyonce, Eryka Badu, Kanye West). Vocalist, writer, and sound savant, Jaffe is everything emotional, pulsating and straight forward delivering seamless harmony with hypnotic energy that commands your ear and your presence.
I caught up with the Texas native for her live show in Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe, where the siren maximized a venue known for its acoustics. Her performance was layered. Jaffe paces her voice and her band (Scott Danbomb – Keys; Robert Sanchez – drums). Piercing through every sound and delivering tailored range. And in between provocative tracks, real life stories and arming vocal dips – is her humor and cynicism. She’s dedicated, humble, engaged, and at work from every word to beat leaving her without a doubt as one of the strongest names to know moving into a new year of profound musical. I was able to snag a few responses from the lady in high demand, and look forward to getting more on her in the coming months as she prepares to release new material.