As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every Wednesday we ask an artist to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.
On her new album The Body Wins, Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe makes a pretty big leap from the delicate folk sounds that landed her on tour with the likes of Midlake and recently, with the Jay Farrar and Jim James led Woody Guthrie tribute group New Multitudes. On the title track and "Mannequin Woman," the plaintive tones of the songbird are now layered with drum machine beats and synth-pop sounds. At the tender age of 26, with influences from Serge Gainsbourg to Phantogram to ABBA, Jaffe is bounding into new artistry with her music, and her capable voice incorporates the changing aesthetic well (acts like Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper like it so much she's supporting both groups on tour later this summer).
After the jump, check out what's on her iPod, and don't miss the stylin' moves of her young friend in the video for "Glorified High" from her new album below.
Sarah Jaffe plays the Tractor next Tuesday (6/12) with Secret Colours.
"Don't Move," Phantogram: This is one of my most recent favorite bands. And this song in particular never tires on me. Such an uplifting melody. Great band to see live too.
"Bonnie and Clyde," Serge Gainsbourg: The strings on this kill me. I think it's one of the sexiest songs of all time.
"Active Child," Johnny Belinda: Recently been obsessing over this guys voice. I always put this track on repeat when I'm driving.
"The Underdog," Spoon: I think this band makes some of the best SOUNDING records. Just classic production and arrangements and another wonderful band to see live.
"The Middle East," The Darkest Side: Saw them live in Denton, TX having never seen or heard of them before. When they played this song I cried. First time a song moved like that me at a show.
"S.O.S.," ABBA: I just love this band so much. I shout/sing this song. Alone of course. Or drunk.