Revelation Ground by Rachael Sage: Review
More than twenty EPs and albums later, Rachael Sage is still driven by her love of music. Throughout her career, the New York-based singer-songwriter has experimented with a variety of genres and sounds, including pop, rock, blues, jazz, and cabaret. Join us as we delve into her latest maxi-single “Revelation Ground” to see what she has to offer this time.
Sage offered a vocal performance that was heartfelt and sincere, along with a rhythmic timbre that fit the poetic essence of her lyrics. There are definite folk, ’60s-style vibes to the music, what with the leisurely tempo and lingering string and acoustic guitar instrumentation. The beautiful simplicity of the song is preserved in a production that washes over the listener with a lush and meticulously crafted soundscape. Sage was inspired by the lyrics of “Turn, Turn, Turn” as well as her own path through personal and collective loss. “I hope that “Revelation Ground” might likewise bring comfort to listeners facing adversities, understanding that everything is seasonal and that hope always returns,” she commented on the song’s message.
“There’s a time for reflection
There’s a time for pain
There’s a time for letting go
There’s a time to let the rain fall down
On the revelation ground
On the revelation ground”
This original track is offered in four different versions, including the full band version, a chamber mix, a folk mix, and an instrumental version. They represent various stages of the song’s creation. Give them all a listen to see which one resonates with you more.
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Review by: Lily Thomas