We caught up with singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe back in July when she released two new EPs, This is Better Part 1 and Part 2, her follow-up to the 2017’s Bad Baby. Jaffe wrote the pair of EPs in the aftermath of a serious breakup, documenting her processing the grief and, eventually, finding the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, she’s taking her listeners with her to the next phase of life with SMUT, a 7-song record celebrating singleness and the freedom that comes with it.
SMUT was written before the companion EPs were released, a time when Jaffe had emerged from the sadness of the breakup to enjoy her independence and explore the person she’d become.
“I was having a lot of fun being single again. I hadn’t been single since my mid-twenties. I was traveling a lot. I was living alone for the first time in my adult life. SMUT is another group of songs that were written to capture this time,” she said in a statement.
The collection is more upbeat that This Is Better, a return to the synth pop-heavy vibes of Bad Baby. One of the stand-out tracks, “Important,” is a little bit somber, but it still has the quirky melodies and electronic beeps that you’d expect from Jaffe. The song’s music video was released a few weeks ago, but it just came to my attention via LADYGUNN. Take a look and have a listen.
P.S. Sarah Jaffe is performing at the Meyerson Symphony Center on February 3. The concert, titled “a constellation of sorts” will include Jaffe’s band and a few musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $16.