New York City songstress Rachael Sage returns with her second UK solo release, 'Chandelier', a highly anticipated follow-up to her debut UK release 'The Blistering Sun', released via MPress Records on 4th August 2008.
A musically eclectic myriad of emotions, 'Chandelier' always comes back to one central theme: fragility. From the expansive title track "Chandelier" to the frenetic "Vertigo", the dancer-turned-songwriter is adept at illuminating dark subject matter, including codependency, depression and adultery. On the more optimistic "My Word," Sage enlightens us with her thespian past (she received a degree in Drama from Stanford and studied at The Actors Studio).
Sage, who attended Manhattan's prestigious School of American Ballet and is a self-taught pianist, already possesses a catalogue of eight solo albums and an ever-expanding fan-base Stateside and is the winner of various prestigious awards, including the 2005 Independent Music Award and the 2005 Outmusic Award.
'Chandelier' was recorded by John Shyloski (Johnny Winter, Diana Ross), mixed by Grammy winner Kevin Killen (Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel), and contains plenty of Sage's signature baroque piano figures, lush string arrangements and wah-guitar licks, along with a heavy dose of improvisation by her regular touring outfit, The Sequins: Russ Johnson on trumpet (Elvis Costello), Dean Sharp on Drums (Moby), and Dave Eggar on cello (Evanescence).
There are also a slew of special guests, including guitarists Jack Petruzelli (Rufus Wainwright), Shane Fontayne (Sting) and Adam Levy (Norah Jones), as well as drummer Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega) and bassist Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco).
Rachael Sage 2008 UK tour dates:
Dates could be added or changed! Go to Rachael Sage's Official Website for the latest tour dates and information.
Monday August 4 Cambridge, UK Acoustic Cafe at The Bun Shop
1 King Street CB1 1LH; 01223 366866 9:00pm
Tuesday August 5 Manchester, UK The Thirsty Scholar
50 New Wakefield Street M1 5NP; 0161 236 6071 10:00 pm
Wednesday August 6 Glasgow, UK PivoPivo
15 Waterloo Street, G2 6AY 9:15pm
Thursday August 7 London, UK 12 Bar Club
Denmark Street, WC2H 8NL; 020 7240 2622 8:00pm
Friday August 8 Brighton, UK The Providence
130 Western Road, Hove BN3 1DA; 01273 727822
PRESS ON RACHAEL
"Warm, intelligent - Sage hits somewhere besides the bed-sit and the cellarful of noise and it does you good" - MOJO
"Genuine talent... Sage has a knack for writing melodies that will break your heart without making you feel manipulated in the process... Where there's poignancy there's also subtlety, unforced passion and knowing observation" - ROLLINGSTONE.COM
"Rich vocals, sparkling piano and yearning poetry..." - TIME OUT, NEW YORK
"Rachael Sage has an inimitable personal style, a balance of flamboyance and femininity... a performance as distinctive as it was entertaining." - THE WASHINGTON POST
"Pop music isn't crafted as expertly as this anymore and Sage is the stitch between the great rock and pop traditions of the past and what those traditions have wrought - albeit almost invisibly - in the hypermodern world of the present." - BILLBOARD.COM