The best singer-songwriters expose complex emotions with the simplest lyrics. While Rachael Yamagata’s music dances between folksy guitar plucking and baroque pop, it’s her words that make you take notice. Giving voice to oft unspoken feelings, the Virginia-raised troubadour will catch you off guard with her wafting vocals. Her music, she says, is “meant for the after-party, when you’re slightly wavery, walking outside by yourself, staring at the stars, and letting yourself be sad before you head back in to greet your friends with a smile.”
She performs tomorrow night at the El Rey Theatre.