Indie-folk singer-songwriter Matthew Hayes Jacobs, known as Sage of New England, returns with the mesmerising EP 'Encounter,' produced by Justin Tracy. With a unique blend of sonic textures, the EP explores themes of transformation and compassion, delving deep into the human experience. The 5-track release weaves acoustic guitars, synths, strings, bass, and drums into a beautiful, melancholic backdrop for Jacobs' silky vocals, contrasting lo-fi production against cinematic instrumentation.
The standout track, "Encounter with a Guide," showcases Jacobs' delicate falsetto, leading listeners on a dreamy journey. The EP is an exploration of spiritual and mental health journeys, aiming to uplift and comfort while conveying meaningful authenticity. The name "Sage of New England" originates from an upcoming song about a woman finding wisdom in an unexpected encounter in New England.
Sage of New England's music evokes introspection and personal growth, making 'Encounter' another sparkling addition to his alt-folk catalog. With soul-stirring melodies and profound lyricism, Sage of New England leaves a lasting impact on listeners, offering solace and inspiration in a transformative musical experience.