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The Blistering Sun

by Rachael Sage

NYC Art-pop Siren Rachael Sage writes what Paste Magazine calls "Wildly expressive, moody, edgy folk". Her seventh album, The Blistering Sun features 15 tracks of her most adventurous work to date.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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2. Featherwoman
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3. 93 Maidens
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5. Violet or Blue
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6. Lonely Streets
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7. Older
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8. Hit Song
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9. Burning Witch
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rachael Sage's seventh album, The Blistering Sun, "focuses on the rare moments where action follows instinct, without procrastination". The 15 tracks of "wildly expressive, moody, edgy folk" (Paste), show Sage at her most adventurous, both topically and musically. An uncompromising urgency to stay true to one's vision — whether it be creative ("Featherwoman"), romantic ("Proof"), or in terms of maintaining dignity in the face of tragedy ("93 Maidens") — is the unwavering throughline. Year-round touring has given her voice a new level of expressiveness in the studio, and The Blistering Sun reveals a restless spirit transforming chaos into opportunity. To capture her vision, Sage enlisted a colorful array of A-list musicians including violinist Allison Cornell (Cyndi Lauper), drummer Dean Sharp (Moby), guitarist Jack Petruzelli (Rufus Wainwright), bassist Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco) and cellist Julia Kent (Antony & The Johnsons). The CD was recorded by longtime collaborator John Shyloski and mixed by Kevin Killen (Prince, Duncan Sheik, Elvis Costello).

For Upcoming Tour Dates, visit www.rachaelsage.com OR www.myspace.com/rachaelsage.

For more information, interview requests and photos please contact: MPress Records, press@mpressrecords.com, 877-878-7243.


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cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "The Blistering Sun"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Rachael Sage.

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "The Blistering Sun"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Rachael Sage.

JD

Intellingence and passion are back in songwriting
The Blistering Sun is a breath of fresh air. Rachael Sage is not a one-off artist nor does she allow an album to depend on one or two songs. Rachael has infused the entire album with spirit and intelligence, while giving each song its own unique identity, thereby creating an entire album that ebbs and flows with passion and fire.
Rachael is the real deal, and this albums begs to be played listened to and shared over and over again.

Ken Lawrence

quite a buffet
The Title says it all. It's like going to a fine restaurant and every course is something wonderfully different. Yeah, what do you expect from rachael Sage.

Michael Canter - SonicJive.com

Rachael Sage Delivers!
Once again……..Rachael Sage delivers.

The Blistering Sun (MPress Records) stands as a timeless release. It's full of surprises. The album haunts like a Tori Amos record, swings to pop and jazz, gets down with some acoustic blues, and even a jazzy-beat-poet reflection of pop-stardom, all the while maintaining its straight-up folksy vibe.

The second track, Featherwoman, really brings out the elegance Rachael is so effortlessly capable of. Likewise, the singer/songwriter shows a soulful and scornful side on Violet or Blue and on Lonely Streets. Wildfire is a pop treasure and historical impact not withstanding, 93 Maidens is a heavy-hearted meditation based on the letters of Chaya Feldman who, along with 92 other Jewish girls, chose suicide over forced prostitution and imprisonment by the Nazis during World War II.

Simply put, Rachael's vocals bring to life every word she breathes. She continues throughout the disc to work in meaningful and relevant lyrics with her soulful singing.

Rachael plays keyboards in addition to doing the vocals on this release. Her band is top-notch, and their musicianship cannot be overstated. Perhaps the most telling feature of the album is what she and the band don't do with these songs. They don't pack each tune with as much sound as possible. Every song allows the listener room to breathe and a chance to interpret. Rachael never overstates her vocals and hangs back enough to let each track flow.
--Michael Canter

Angela Cook

Colorfully Delicious!
She is fantastic! She is even better live if that is possible. I'm happily exploring all of her CDs and finding many gems. Her songs are strong sensitive and passionate.

Gabriel Scheer - Glide Magazine

"...heart-wrenching honesty..." "...a polished work.." "a refreshing, enjoya
July 17, 2006

“Discovering” exciting new musicians is an all-too-rare experience. It is made all the more interesting when one listens to a new album by the said musician, is favorably impressed, then learns it is actually the seventh album released by that musician. Such was the case upon hearing New York-based Rachael Sage’s The Blistering Sun.

The Blistering Sun is a polished work by a singer/songwriter whose recorded work stretches back to 1996. The album is lyrically diverse, with lovelorn musing, reflections on stardom (as in “Hit Song,” in which Sage contemplates the release of a hit song), and historical exploration, such as in “93 Maidens,” a song based on the letters of Chaya Feldman, a Jewish teenager who chose suicide over capture by the Nazis.

Sage’s voice carries a sweetness that never seems to edge too close to the saccharine, an endearing earnestness, and at times, a heart-wrenching honesty that seems to cut through the album’s obviously polished production. The instrumentation is well flushed out, though piano plays a key – and pleasing – part. Comparisons could surely be made, at times, to Jonatha Brooke, a less volatile Ani DiFranco, or a mellow Tori Amos, but to be fair, none would be a particularly accurate association. The Blistering Sun is a refreshing, enjoyable listen – and one that will, according to the singer’s website, soon be complemented by an U.S. and European tour.

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The goddess Laura Nyro is reborn in a Sage Soul.
This CD, much like the artist, is absolutely magical. Rachael is a dazzling songwriter - full of staggering anecdotes, graceful melodies, and uplifting sentiment. It's hard not to be moved by literally every track on the CD. The song "99 Maidens" is a classic - a must have for every ipod. What sets Rachael apart from most folk-y singers is -- her songs listen like pop - but have the depth of storytelling. I cannot imagine anyone who loves singer/songwriters who wouldn't love this record. THE BLISTERING SUN will have you feeling like a mermaid - swimming through a long sunk pirate ship discovering treasure after treasure.

Rebekah & Anabel, Musicalia

Our new favorite artist
We just came across this CD--actually, we heard Featherwoman first and immediately tracked down the album it came from. We are blown away; these songs are incredible. Rachael's voice seems to hold the wisdom of centuries, and each of her songs is its own poem--especially 93 Maidens, which is truly unforgettable. There's nothing better than finding a new favorite artist . . .

DR

Beautiful!
Love, Love Love the new CD. Man! have you evolved as a composer, lyricists, PRODUCER!!,....everything. Beautiful, beautiful job! Killen doesn't hurt either. Love. DR