Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sarah Jaffe’s upcoming EP pushed back, but hear new tunes at the Wyly on Saturday
Robert Gomez, Jaffe's guitarist who recently moved to Seattle, will join her onstage.
DALLAS In between albums, Sarah Jaffe isn’t taking any breaks. She is currently working on a release date for her newest EP, The Way Sound Leaves a Room, while booking shows in the DFW and Austin areas. Her soonest performance is on Saturday at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas. It's Jaffe’s first time playing there.
“The space is really beautiful. It’s a gorgeous theater and a great area. And it was appealing since I’ve never played there before,” Jaffe says. Her violinist, Becki Howard, has played at the neighboring Winspear Opera House and turned her onto the idea of playing at the Wyly.
The show will be filmed for live DVD by Jon Collins, the director of Jaffe’s first video premiere of “Clementine.” Jaffe says they have been working on this show for three months, and her opener, Bosque Brown, is also from Denton and is a fitting starter for the evening.
"There a lot of people that I cherish and admire as musicians here in Denton," Jaffe said. "So taking advantage of that when I can is worthwhile."
Since the new EP is close to being released, we’re sure Jaffe will rely heavily upon her new material at the show. She explains that she got the puzzling title of her newest work from the film Junebug. The director played with sound by shooting scenes of a murmured conversation. Thus came her EP titled, The Way Sound Leaves a Room. “Living with roommates in Denton, I’ve always loved the way conversations and music sound when you’re in a different room. It’s really isolating but comforting,” she said.
The title track was one of the first songs she wrote after Suburban Nature. Jaffe says it represents the disconnection between an actual situation and the way it's viewed once you've distanced yourself. Even though it seems like Jaffe has tons of inspiration for songwriting, she had no intention to release more music after her first album, she said. But once she started learning new instruments (the bass and drums), songs came quickly.
The EP was recorded on Garage Band in Jaffe’s Denton home, which means the tracks will sound fleeting and lo-fi. She intends to re-record all of the tracks in a studio, but for now, she said they should be out in their original form. The EP was planned to be released in early spring, but she has since pushed it back.
But there is some good news on the horizon: Jaffe’s guitarist Robert Gomez will perform with her at the Wyly. “He’s a player that can’t be replaced," Jaffe said of Gomez, who recently moved to Seattle. "He’s doing well in Seattle, and I’ll play with him when I can.”
Jaffe says it was a great first year, and a whirlwind. (No kidding!) In the coming months, Jaffe will be at home in Texas and will play SXSW in March. A full tour should be coming in mid-summer.
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