The word sage has lot of meanings: someone wise, a calming plant and, it turns out, an interesting musical project. Sages comes to our ears from Orangeville, Ontario, and there’s a lot to like about this song from her Strawberry Crystal EP: confidently sweet vocals, playful layers of interlocking synthetic sounds and a subtle but important crow’s caw sample.
“Kveldulf” and the rest of its EP are available on Bandcamp.
Mix: Best of May 2015
1. Memorex – Taiwan Airliner (Version One)
2. Most People – Release
3. Tio – Day Fort
4. Pascale Project – Super Natural
5. Triple Gangers – Beresford Boys
6. Caveboy – In the Grottos
7. For Esmé – You
8. Brave Shores – More Like You
9. Jazz Cartier – The Valley
10. Sages – Recollection
11. Le Roi Crocodile – Montreal
12. AA Wallace – Secret Name
13. Secret Sign – O.M.S.R.
14. White Poppy – Confusion
15. New Chance – Ear Rationelle
16. Iansucks – Old People
It’s not often that we hear about artists making electronic music north of the more major Ontario cities, so we’re super pleased to make the acquaintance of Racquel Hardy, aka Sages, who calls Orangeville home. She’s got a remarkable ear for experimental pop composition, and her latest single “Recollection” is a lullabye suitable for deep space travel, a good tune to put on when entering cryostasis. It features some very lovely vocals floating atop chiming synths, and the bass line bubbling underneath it all is absolutely killer. Reminds us a bit of Quinn Read-Baxter‘s earlier work, which is of course an excellent thing.
Check out Sages’ Soundcloud page for more ethereal dark pop gems. A very promising new talent!