Jayson’s DJ pick of the week is “Jealous Moon” by Sarah Jarosz. With this first single off the forthcoming album “Polaroid Lovers,” Jarosz sets high expectations. The track packs a punch, with support by Tom Bukovac on guitar and organ, Fred Eltringham on drums, and her husband- bassist Jeff Picker, among other prominent musicians. The intro riff, reminiscent of Walk the Moon, screams pop-rock, until Jarosz’s feminine, twangy vocal emerges. It’s a dichotomy that brews an Americana blend which is as fun as it is evocative.
It’s a fusion of genres that reflects a duality in Jarosz’s lifestyle. She spent several years in New York City, but now resides in Nashville with her husband. The east coast shines in the electric guitar interlude; it evokes the Jersey Shore sound from hundreds of miles away. The Nashvillian in Jarosz reveals herself with a blistering acoustic guitar solo that insists the other instruments take the back seat.
Jarosz presents a moment of solitude within the chorus, as she sings, “Under a heartbreak sky, baby I don’t know why, I flew away too soon […] leave me alone to fly, under a heartbreak moon.” It’s a lyric that isn’t meant to be sad, but rather, melancholy. Jarosz clarifies this subtext by explaining, “it’s not about the end of a relationship, but rather, a moment of self-reflection and a promise to keep showing up even when things get tough.”
You can listen to “Jealous Moon” by Sarah Jarosz below.
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