Elizabeth Sage has, unsurprisingly, quite a bit on her mind with her EP Disease Of Loneliness, a Shirley-Manson inspired trio of songs that exude the presence of a powerful and talented songstress. Having received some pop-punk comparisons as well as noted parallels to coffeehouse contemporary music, this may dampen Sage’s spunk. Despite a dreary title, “Disease of Loneliness” is an exciting single reminiscent of late 20th century femme-powered rock that segues into a contemplative and sincere pallet of songs. Safe has a unique and inimitable style on her release, offering some much-needed empowerment in a troubled time.
The mid 90’s revival of post-grunge-garage-alternative-electronic (read: Butch Vig production) is quite pleasant for many reasons – chief among them is the fact that an artist such as Sage can effectively carve out a niche that is much more than simply “female singer-songwriter.” While Sage’s EP is rounded out with a fine example of a softer side of her musicianship, it’s the EP’s titular track that separates her from the Colbie Caillat counterparts, truly giving her an alternative rock edge.
In and of itself, “Disease Of Loneliness” is fairly far removed from the orthodox oeuvre of a troubadour that it takes a listener slightly out of place. The track finds Sage creating a sound that is much more Billy Corgan than easy listening, but the clear direction of a sound that embodies the gritty edges of Brooklyn is what helps form the personality of Sage on record. Clearly, she isn’t just interested in the capacity of airplay, she’s interested in forming a worldview that highlights the perils of solitude and the distortion of solidarity – it’s this clarity that will set her apart from others moving forward.