Body Wins

Body Wins

by Sarah Jaffe
     
 

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With 2012's The Body Wins, Sarah Jaffe continues a move that started on her covers and demos EP, The Way Sound Leaves a Room, away from her acoustic folk beginnings into denser, semi-programmed indie rock. Working again with Suburban Nature producer See more details below

Overview

With 2012's The Body Wins, Sarah Jaffe continues a move that started on her covers and demos EP, The Way Sound Leaves a Room, away from her acoustic folk beginnings into denser, semi-programmed indie rock. Working again with Suburban Nature producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, the Polyphonic Spree), the transformation includes expanded instrumentation representing all sections of the orchestra, as well as electronic drums and synths. The album doesn't fully commit to a more mechanical sound but rather shifts in and out of electronic and acoustic gears. The orchestral, aria-like opener "Paul" sets an expressive, organic tone before the title track kicks in with rhythmic brass, drums, and gurgling, warbling noise effects. The Goldfrapp-ish "Glorified High" punches still harder with bleeps, programmed drums, and distorted, bottomless bass. Ballads like "Foggy Field" and the woodwinds-piano lament "Fangs" balance such tracks and keep the album anchored to an overriding authenticity -- as do Jaffe's smoky, burdened vocal quality, unfluffy lyrics ("At the end of every kiss there's a war"), and continued reliance on songwriting, not party anthems, even on the clubbiest tracks. The result is spasmodic, but raw and substantial. Jaffe has always had a certain attitude and real-world cynicism to her vocals and lyrics, which carries over into the newer sound. For that matter, even the largely acoustic instrumental "Limerence" is in keeping with the afflicted tone. The Body Wins feels like a bit of an experiment in the end; a point of transition that doesn't settle on exactly what it wants to be but is committed to mutation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
Label:
Kirtland Records
UPC:
0186535006523
catalogNumber:
65
Rank:
80302

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Jaffe   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
David Hyde Pierce   Trombone
John Congleton   Synthesizer,Bass,Waterphone
Fiona Brice   Violin,Conductor
Scott Danbom   Synthesizer,Piano,Drums
Jeff Ryan   Drums
Daniel Hart   Violin
Mckenzie Smith   Drums
Robert Gomez   Bass,Electric Guitar,Vibes
Rachel Yoder   Bass Clarinet,B-Flat Clarinet
Buffi Jacobs   Cello
Tamara Cauble   Violin
Heather Test   French Horn
Becki Howard   Violin
Megan Li   Harp
Zack Reaves   Cello
Hayden Oliver   Viola
Dave Maunch   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Evan Weiss   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Greg Calbi   Mastering
John Congleton   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Fiona Brice   Arranger,Orchestration
Sarah Jaffe   Composer
Buffi Jacobs   String Contractor
Will Bryant   Layout

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