Sarah Jaffe

Suburban Nature (Kirtland)

Texas Platters

Sarah Jaffe

Suburban Nature (Kirtland)

Denton's Sarah Jaffe sneaks in during the first verse of "Before You Go": "My heart pretends not to know how it ends." It's a crusher, but her voice is soft and haunted; she's a singer-songwriter more in the vein of Jana Hunter than Patty Griffin. Suburban Nature, her first LP, lures you in and then creeps you out with its intensity. On "Summer Begs" she purrs softly, "Somewhere someone's listening to the sound of a record spinning," windows open, music on, a scene from a Raymond Carver short story. "Swelling" cuts out of the album's country-folk trot and becomes its own fever dream, calm even when singing: "Are you trying to tell me something with your eyes? All I want to do now is lay down and die." They're tales of quiet desperation, the kind that blow down the sidewalk when you're not paying attention. For a debut, it's one to pay close attention to.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Sarah Jaffe
Texas Platters
Sarah Jaffe
Don't Disconnect (Record Review)

Abby Johnston, Aug. 29, 2014

Texas Platters
Sarah Jaffe
'The Body Wins'

Abby Johnston, July 6, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Kinky Friedman
Resurrection (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Jan. 3, 2020

More by Audra Schroeder
SXSW Interactive Conference Quick Cuts
The Signal & the Noise
Statistician Nate Silver on more data, more problems

March 15, 2013

SXSW Film Reviews: 'Kiss of the Damned'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

March 15, 2013


Sarah Jaffe

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle