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Since founding her own label MPress Records two decades ago, NYC-based alt-pop artist Rachael Sage has steadily released a slew of vibrant, dynamic albums with poetic lyrics spanning subjects as wide as her inspirations. She has toured with an eclectic list of artists including Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins and Howard Jones. Sage also continues to significantly grow her visibility via her many song placements, including 22 songs on top reality show Dance Moms, translating into over 10 million YouTube hits. Her newest offering, PseudoMyopia, is a companion acoustic album to Sage’s critically acclaimed release, Myopia. Exploring the concept of vision in all its many manifestations, she touches upon topics as varied as government surveillance, environmental protection, and female empowerment. Produced by Sage and Grammy® winner Andy Zulla, the album features guest musicians Ben Butler (Sting), bassist Richard Hammond (Joan Osborne), and cellist Ward Williams (Sara Bareilles). 

"One of music's most inimitable iconoclasts." BlackBook

"Her keen, ironic sense of humor and quirky sense of the profound is what makes her special as a songwriter" — Billboard.com 

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Since founding her own label MPress Records two decades ago, NYC-based alt-pop artist and multi-instrumentalist Rachael Sage has steadily released a dozen albums of vibrant, dynamic music with poetic, image-rich lyrics spanning subjects as wide as her inspirations. Often designing her own album artwork, costumes and musical instruments, Sage has toured with an eclectic list of artists including Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins and Howard Jones. Raised mainly on classical music, doo-wop, ‘70s folk and British pop, Sage possesses a rare combination of musical ingenuity, visual dynamism and emotional insight. Her songs are cinematic and beautiful, her production layered, lush and laced with orchestral surprises.

Sage’s latest release, PseudoMyopia, is a companion acoustic album to her critically acclaimed recording Myopia and is a collection of 11 songs focusing on the concept of vision – including narrow mindedness – in all its many manifestations. Legally blind without corrective lenses, Sage balances the political and the personal with a striking depth and perspective. A diverse cast of guest musicians were enlisted to bring a warm intimacy to these very timely tracks, touching on topics as varied as government surveillance, environmental protection, and female empowerment.

The album opens with “Alive”, an upbeat and positive song about relishing life to the fullest and appreciating every moment, even in these turbulent times. Rachael shares, “After I wrote it I felt very protective of it - like there was something precious about remembering to appreciate the gift of simply living, even as the world becomes ever more chaotic. There’s a sense of anticipation and optimism in the lyrics, from the get-go. With the acoustic version, I wanted to present the song like I’m playing it with my band unplugged in your living room.”

The clarity that comes from being comfortable in one's own skin is a theme that runs through much of PseudoMyopia (“Maybe She’ll Have Cats”, “Spark”) but there’s an additional, distinct thread of paranoia and other extremes. “Snowed In” was indeed inspired by Edward Snowden, and the adventurous arrangement’s menacing cello lines and dissonant acoustic guitar themes perfectly summon the mood. An episode of Law & Order SVU and its heroic character Olivia Benson (portrayed by Mariska Hargitay) sparked the song “Olivia”, as Sage believesthere's just something very compelling about the parallels between the strong character she portrays, and the good she is doing in her life for others.A plaintive, unique version of 80s synth legend Howard Jones’ “No One Is To Blame” is a loving tribute that she makes entirely her own, while “This Darkness” stands out as a bluesy lamentation about the Dakota Pipeline, reflecting the urgency and courage of Native Americans’ resistance to environmental desecration.

Sage revives a beloved fan favorite, “Sistersong (2019)”, which is even more timely and empowering today as a feminist anthem that mirrors the current #MeToo and Women’s March movements. In this brand new acoustic rendition, Sage channels the nuances of ageism, sexism and the pressures on women to be everything but themselves into a powerful expression for the ages. She explains, "I've written hundreds of songs, but this particular composition has been a huge good luck charm for me, and in many ways it's also defined who I am as an artist today.”

Co-produced by Sage and Grammy® winner Andy Zulla, guest artists on PseudoMyopia include Ben Butler (Sting), bassist Richard Hammond (Joan Osborne), cellist Ward Williams (Sara Bareilles), and Grammy® nominated musician Seth Glier.

Sage concludes, “This is a warm-weather record. These are songs about getting out there, thawing things out, and unearthing the truth. Sometimes you can’t do that in the dead of winter. But when the sun is shining, even the murkiest future appears hopeful.”

Rachael Sage is currently on tour with her band The Sequins, for details visit www.rachaelsage.com/shows