Sarah Jaffe‘s sophomore album, The Body Wins (listen to it here), is an emboldened departure from the acoustic folk sound of Suburban Nature that skyrocketed her to the SXSW stage two years ago. Tith the help of producer John Congleton, the Texas native used the bass, drums, and synthesizers to craft a stylistically seductive, emotionally charged record. The 26-year-old, who recently performed in New York, tells us about her new approach, her shoe obsession, and Dallas’ best vintage shopping.
ELLE: Your second album is completely different, what happened?
Sarah Jaffe: Things just naturally progressed sonically over two years of writing on the road, at home in Denton, and in the studio. I didn’t want to do the same thing again. I wanted to challenge myself, and push my writing. I was used to writing on acoustic guitar; it was so familiar, so I started on the bass. Just playing on a new instrument, you write differently.
ELLE: As a SXSW veteran, what’s been your most memorable music festival moment?
SJ: I played a bill with Sharon Van Etten. We ended up playing out of this church. It was eerily quiet and off-putting in a completely good way.
ELLE: When performing, what’s your attire of choice?
SJ: I’m pretty phase-y when it comes to wardrobe. I like to go back and forth between a more slick look with gold shoes, gold rings, and a silk shirt. Then I’ll switch to just jeans and an over-sized shirt, brown Clark boots. Whatever I’m wearing, it’s comfortable, and the most emphasis is always placed on what shoes I’m wearing. I have these gold shoes I love that I call my show shoes.
ELLE: Where do you shop in Dallas?
SJ: I love Dolly Python, and there’s a store called Lula B’s that’s wonderful for antique shopping. Had some great finds there. There’s also an amazing art gallery just south of Dallas, a small town called Waxahachie, called Webb Gallery. I collect old, framed pictures. Anything from random pictures of folks from early century or random art pieces. It’s usually the frame that sells me though.