Del Water Gap [All Images by Abigail Schmidt]

Del Water Gap at the Toulouse Theatre

07:00 October 14, 2023
By: Abigail Schmidt

Del Water Gap Performed in NOLA

Indie pop singer Del Water Gap, also known as S. Holden Jaffe, had the entire Toulouse Theater swooning this Friday the 13th.

The show opened with "NFU," a single from his new album I Miss You Already + I Haven't Left Yet, released on September 29, 2023. The album ranges from themes of addiction, to loneliness, to glitter and honey. He gave his crowd a mix of old and new with his "Coping on Unemployment" ballad and the steamy "Beach House", then pulled "Chastain" and "Don't Say Nothing" out of the archives for some slow dancing.

During the pandemic, Jaffe struggled with burnout and questioning his career as an artist, but the "inability to find meaning in anything else" pushed him forward, he said.

"It's all I've really focused on," he said. "I have a lot of trouble communicating in my day-to-day life. This is a way that I can communicate." The singer was shy growing up but always writing. He carried notebooks, writing "stories, wishes, fears, and became the weird kid at recess with the journal" (me too, Holden). He found that music was the best way for him to get what was in the journals out to bigger audiences, and the rest was history.

He describes his style and the artists he is inspired by as "background music for kissing" on his website, which is exactly what every girl in the audience was thinking at the show. Del Water Gap's performance was every bit as steamy as it was emotional, both on stage between the band members and in the crowd. Especially when Jaffe joined the crowd for his hit "Perfume", holding hands and dancing with his audience.

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