“Revelation Ground” marks a turning point in Sage’s songwriting and production, merging her lifelong reverence for ’60’s-era folk – a la Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger and Simon & Garfunkel – with a weathered, hard-won perspective on the sacredness of time itself. Amidst the landscape of the pandemic, racial protest, the loss of far too many loved ones and her own cancer experience, Sage distills bright hope and beauty from perhaps her most universal lyrics yet. With a hum-along melody that sounds like it has existed forever, he voice achieves an intimate poignancy underscored by longtime collaborator Dave Eggar’s rhapsodic cello playing. Stream and order the song
The new single and companion video, “Revelation Ground”, is the centerpiece track on her new Revelation Ground EP/maxi-single. Mixed by Grammy® winner Andy Zulla, the track features Sage on vocals, acoustic guitar, and percussion with accompanying musicians Dave Eggar on cello (Esperanza Spalding, Duncan Sheik) and Jeff Allen (Marc Cohn, Edie Brickell). A rich cornucopia of renditions, the maxi-single includes the single, a band version, a chamber mix, a folk mix, and an instrumental version of “Revelation Ground “. All versions of the song were produced, arranged and engineered by Sage, with contributing musicians including Doug Yowell on drums (Suzanne Vega), Russ Johnson on trumpet (Elvis Costello), and Jack Petruzzelli on electric guitar (Rufus Wainwright).
The video was created by Antje Duvekot, who has a 2-decade long career as both a touring singer-songwriter and animator, and who has garnered critical acclaim from the animated videos she recently made for Toad The Wet Sprocket, Dar Williams, Eliot Bronson & Lori McKenna, and Eliza Gilkyson.
photo credit to Tom Moore