Sarah Jaffe – “Satire”
Pairs Well With…Sharon Van Etten, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Laura Gibson
I’ll stick with Sarah Jaffe’s solo work for the highlight video (a one-off single to follow up last year’s The Body Wins, but the strongest excitement lies with her upcoming collaboration with producer Symbolyc One (the brain behind Kanye’s “Power”). The duo has branded themselves The Dividends and has already landed some mainstream work by providing the foundation and hook for Eminem’s latest lead track, “Bad Guy”. Earlier this month, the reggae-tinged “Fool’s Gold” premiered as the first track for The Dividend’s debut EP. To hear the transition from Jaffe to Raekwon is a goosebump moment for OEB, so here’s hoping The Dividends expand Jaffe’s SXSW next year into the next phase of her promising career.
2013 Review: Anyone who has been following OEB since 2011 knows our unabashed love for Sarah Jaffe, as we followed her career daily for six months through our “12” project. Since we left off in 2013, Jaffe has released The Body Wins, a record that has shown a new and welcome edge of experimentation for the Denton, TX singer-songwriter. I imagine she’ll still be supporting the record at SXSW next year, but maybe we’ll be treated to her next musical branch this go around.
2012 Review: It’s been great following Jaffe’s musical maturation throughout the last six months, but I have a feeling 2012 will be her breakout year. Her songwriting has improved drastically from an already impressive base. The album she has been recording with John Congleton in recent months is setting up to be a real knockout based on the EP and live previews. I’m sure I’ll continue to see Jaffe more than any other of “The 12” artists; it’s hard to say “no” anytime she’s within an hour drive, which happens every couple of months. From interviews, I get the impression that Jaffe is just starting to realize how good she really is. That confidence should translate next year as she pushes herself further into the music community based on the strength of her songwriting and emotionally moving delivery.