Poetica has just released an official video for “Sleep When I’m Tired”, the final track from their self-titled album, available now via MPress/ILS/Universal. A musical concept album of spoken word, the new 18-track collection has been described as “magnetic and soothing… cinematic and stylistically expansive” (Parade).
Filmed in New York’s Hudson Valley, the video – filmed by Michael Flanagan, directed by Rachael Sage and directed by award-winning Nick Clark – premiered in Bluegrass Situation and Americana UK. The video will also debut on DittyTV on January 30.
With its instantly hummable melody, Poetica’s “Sleep When I’m Tired” harnesses the musical flavors of Eastern Europe and flamenco to capture the feelings that arise from physical and mental exhaustion. Singer/producer Rachael Sage and 3-time Grammy® award-winning cellist Dave Eggar pump out smoky bar vibes, illustrating love’s resilience in the face of duress.
Beatbox grooves, acoustic guitar and blues harmonica provide a colorful accompaniment, which includes Will Wilde on harmonica, Russ Johnson on trumpet, Jeff Allen on double bass, Dave Eggar on cello, Jack Petruzzelli on piano, Doug Yowell on drums and Gerry Leonard on electric guitars.
Equal parts Nick Cave and Patti Smith, Poetica’s music video for “Sleep When I’m Tired” is a cinematic escape from the mundane that takes us on a visually beautiful but slightly disturbing journey into the unknown, encouraging us to slow down and notice the inspiration of the relics left in our own path by others, especially in these often surreal and disorienting times.
As Sage explained to The Bluegrass Situation, “It was important to me that when we made the video there was a surreal, dreamlike quality to it, making the viewer ask ‘where exactly are we and what’s going on?’ does he? ‘ while feeling a kind of dissociation between performance and environment. It’s a reversal of what we’re used to, where home protects us from the weather. But as we’ve all learned in these unusual times, whether we are alone or with others, we all need wide open spaces, nature and a lot of imagination to ward off the blues.”
Cinematic and stylistically expansive, Poetica is an ambitious and creative spoken word musical project distilling a poetic spirit through text, voice and music. Among the various contributors to Poetica are renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, jazz trumpeter Russ Johnson (Elvis Costello), violinist Kelly Halloran (Michael Franti), multi-instrumentalist Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright), guitarists James Mastro ( Patti Smith) and Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), and drummers Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega) and Quinn (Janelle Monáe). Stream and order the album here.
Poetica Instrumentals has also just been released. This richly arranged and meditative companion version of Poetica is available digitally, as well as included in the Poetica Deluxe CD box set.
Beginning as a locked duo collaboration between Sage and his longtime cellist Dave Eggar (Esperanza Spalding, Paul Simon), Poetica quickly evolved into a cinematic spoken word album in its own right, with Sage producing and engineering the project in a isolated with limited equipment. that she happened to have with her on tour, while sending files to musicians from Tennessee to England. From more than 200 poems written during and before the lockdown, Eggar – whose parents are both poetry teachers – volunteered to help Sage select the 18 spoken word pieces that ultimately made up the album.
The project was mixed by Grammy®-winning Andy Zulla (The Sweet Remains, Stephen Kellogg) and mastered by multi-Grammy®-winning engineer Alan Silverman. For more information, visit poeticaproject.com.
Watch the new music video here: