Music Review – Sarah Jarosz

Musician: Sarah Jarosz
Album: Undercurrent

Need that perfect summer album to just lay back and chill out to? Well, get your earbuds and headphones ready, because acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz’s latest album, Undercurrent, is now available. Prepare to be carried away with soft and angelic vocals, melodious folk harmonies, and swaggering rhythms. For fans of Fleetwood Mac, Sara Watkins, Sierra Hull, Aoife O?Donovan, and Alison Krauss, Undercurrent is the album for you.

This is Sarah’s fourth album with Sugar Hill records. As a follow up to her 2013 Build Me Up from Bones album, Undercurrent marks a maturity in her sound and style. The release of Undercurrent also holds special significance for Sarah, it is her first album “since graduating with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her first since relocating to New York City” (http://www.sarahjarosz.com/about-1/).

Sarah had this to say about the creation of Undercurrent:

“This is the first record I’ve made since being out on my own and experiencing a lot of changes, and I think that That’s reflected in the songs ? It’s also the first record I’ve ever made that feels to me like a complete thought, with a beginning, a middle and an ending. It’s also the first time I’ve made an album that doesn’t have any covers on it. I wanted it to feel like the rollercoaster ride that is life, so I put a lot of thought into sequencing the songs. It was important for me to start with light, and then go through darker times, and stubbornness and strength and weakness, and then end up on a hopeful note.” (http://www.sarahjarosz.com/about-1/)

This already impressively accomplished young artist seems to be going places. Since her 2009 debut album Song Up In Her Head, released when Sarah was only 16-years-old, she has toured all over the world, and has even already had the honour of Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song. In 2015, Sarah chose to tour with I’m With Her, “the mini-supergroup she shares with kindred spirits Sara Watkins and Aoife O?Donovan” (http://www.sarahjarosz.com/about-1/).

Many of the songs on Undercurrent were written and performed solo by Sarah. However, the songs on Undercurrent do feature some other amazing talent. Several of the tracks were co-written by Sarah with the list of collaborators including Luke Reynolds (“Green Lights”), Jedd Hughes (“House Of Mercy”), Parker Millsap (“Comin? Undone”). Sarah’s I’m With Her bandmates, Aoife O?Donovan and Sara Watkins, join her on the track “Still Life”. There are also two songs on Undercurrent that were co-written with the Milk Carton Kids? Joey Ryan. Obviously talent is aplenty on this album. (http://www.sarahjarosz.com/about-1/)

The music on Undercurrent is absolutely stunning. Everyone needs to listen to this album. So settle in, close your eyes, and hit play, and get ready for an amazing auditory journey.

Samantha currently uses her skills as a writer to promote independent musicians and raise awareness and support for many global, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Check out her website and blog at: http://sstevenswriter.wix.com/writer

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