Sarah Jaffe is a young protégé of Midlake, and on the strength of a single EP, she's earned superlative comparisons to everyone from Neutral Milk Hotel to Patty Griffin. Suburban Nature, her new full-length release, is ready to transcend the Denton, Texas, new-folk scene of which she is a part. In fact, the album is bound to win over anyone looking for the next indie songstress with a budget for a string section and a taste for high drama. "Secrets are for keeping, that's what give them meaning," she sings with a damp whisper on "Summer Begs," before sailing off on layers of wails and a jet stream of cellos and violins. At the age of only 24, Jaffe seems ready to embrace a world of pop and folk melodies, but only on her own poised, clear-eyed terms.
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