MPress Records recording artist/label owner Rachael Sage has released a new video for her song Cave from her critically acclaimed album, Character. The intimate video clip – filmed at Carriage House Studios – is punctuated by Rachael’s signature calligraphic handwriting and original artwork. Rachael spoke with The Fountain about how this has been received so far as well as her favourite UK venue.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Cave?
I’ve been pleasantly surprised that this particular song – which I wrote when I was a teenager – has become a fan-favourite, and received such a positive reaction! As an artist and a producer, I often create these recordings as a way to navigate the ups and downs of my own life, and that was definitely the case when I decided to revisit Cave. I was in a very toxic relationship where I felt like someone was gaslighting me and eventually, I had to detach for the sake of my sanity. I get the sense that many people can relate to that undercurrent in the emotion of the song, and that I’m not the only one who’s had to reassess whether an unhealthy or obsessive type of love was in fact “too much or not enough.”
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
Cave is a tango about that dark place within a romantic relationship where you can come to feel even more isolated and alone that if you were actually alone; and ultimately, it’s also about realising where you are and letting go of the illusion it will change for the better.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I am actually releasing a remix of this song next month, by NYC-based DJ Don_Cerati. I’m also working very diligently on my forthcoming spoken-word album, which will likely come out in the summer or otherwise, the fall. Of course, I am also always helping to oversee our other artists’ campaigns, as the label-head of MPress Records. I’m very grateful to be as busy as I am, and to be able to process the what’s going on in the world through a creative lens.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
My very favourite venue is Union Chapel in the UK. I have played it a few times now, most recently with my childhood idol Howard Jones, and it’s always magical! The sound is incredible and it’s a gloriously beautiful church. I can’t wait to go back to the UK when it’s possible again – but really, I would happily do a tour pretty much anywhere, anyhow and be over the moon just to perform for a live audience.