Following the release of their last EP, Sleeping, back in 2014, Brooklyn alt-folk group Del Water Gap have been steadily rising in the NYC scene while beginning to branch outwards as well. Comprised of band founder S. Holden Jaffe (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica), Charles Schlinkert (drums, percussion), and William Evans (bass, piano, background vocals), Del Water Gap craft authentic, modern folk while still nodding to their inspirations in some of the greatest American songwriters.
Their new single, “Lamplight,” may be their finest work to date as the band embraces a poppier sensibility that never betrays their core sound. “Lamplight” is exactly the sort of song you’d want to come on the radio again and again on a long road trip with the windows down. Seriously, I haven’t been able to get the chorus out of my head since I first heard it.
SIMGE caught up with Jaffe for a SIMGE Survey session, his answers of which, along with “Lamplight,” appear below.
As their mantra goes, “In this wide and perilous all-too-big world, Del Water Gap would like to thank you for being close.”