A hypnotic mantra defines the soothing “Sage”, proving Ross Reverie to be a captivating sort of poet. Everything about the track has a crisp clean feeling to it. Minimal yet highly engaging there is a unique balance to the track. Zen-like with its airy percussion and lovely, lilting melody the entirety of the track has a meditative quality to it. The cyclical nature of the rhythm gives it a naturalistic presence to it. Forgoing the usual sense of percussion Ross Reverie explores a more tactile, even pastoral grace to the piece. Blooming with so much radiant color and energy the song offers a great deal of hope.
The sparse yet concise arrangements recall the stripped-down quality of Ai Aso’s output. Like hers, he offers a thoughtful reflective tone. On the sheer evolution of the sound Ross Reverie incorporates a bit of La Monte Young’s mysticism. Similar to La Monte Young’s output, the polished perfect approach feels outright alive. “Sage” is a song that absolutely teems with life, even grows with each reiteration of the theme. Akin to a form of sonic origami, Ross Reverie lets the sounds fold into themselves resulting in some rather rich and gorgeous patterns to appear.
Hushed awe opens the piece up. The gentleness of it feels so reassuring. Every single gesture counts for Ross Reverie keeps things at the absolute essentials at first. Gradually little elements flutter further into the mix, never overwhelming the delicate pattern. Quite significant in terms of how much love the sounds have for their surroundings, it feels akin to a spirit entering into the mix. Upon the inclusion of the lyricism the song begins in earnest. At first it has a communal presence akin to a chant. With this chant the repetition proves to be beguiling. Every reiteration brings the track closer and closer.
Ross Reverie’s vocals deliver a sense of calm throughout the whole of the piece. He offers a welcoming presence for his lyrics are carefully selected. A sense of poetry permeates his narrative. The journey of the track nicely meshes with his vocals, making it a virtual stream of consciousness. By allowing things to evolve in such soft subtle ways it expands to become something heartfelt, real, and compassionate. Excluding out any negativity the optimism and hope of the work reign supreme as it eventually returns to its quiet origins.
“Sage” shows off Ross Reverie’s intrepid skill in delivering a heartfelt soulful sound whose message feels so timely and needed.