From Oak Honest Records comes Sage Hatfield’s newest folk-pop offering, “Wet Brick & Roses”. As the leaves take their final bow and autumn exits the stage, this single emerges as a harbinger of new beginnings—a musical intimation of spring. And where else could such a duality of seasons manifest but in the Pacific Northwest, where Portland’s mix of brick and bloom exemplifies the song’s essence?
For this project, Hatfield pulled in some local talent to amplify the song’s emotional impact. Collaborating with Jonah Siegel and Gia Calabrese, both solo artists in their own right, Sage Hatfield manages to create a harmonic symphony of voices. On this collaboration, Sage says:
When I was recording this, I knew it needed some harmonies, and Jonah’s harmonic sensibility is very complimentary to mine, so I knew who to call. He’s a brilliant musician and solo artist, also on Oak Honest Records, and recently put out his debut EP; it’s genuinely one of my all-time favorite records. Gia is another friend I’ve been working with; we’re recording her first album right now. Her voice is just so beautiful and sounds really nice with mine, so I figured the three of us together could strike the perfect balance.
Even if it’s set against the backdrop of the rainy Pacific Northwest, “Wet Brick & Roses” doesn’t feel gloomy. On the contrary, it’s a track that leans into a sort of tranquil serenity, supported by its acoustic underpinnings and deep bass lines. So in a way, the result of this song about Portland’s perennial rain, can kind of been seen as a nod, or a love letter to its Rose City nickname.
The song delves into the complexities of life’s contrasting elements—the good and the bad, or, if you prefer, the yin and the yang. It touches upon the sometimes uncomfortable middle spaces we find ourselves in, between choices made and feelings felt, reflecting a universal experience we can all relate to. I feel as if the song is an invitation for us to pause, listen, and consider the dualities that make us all uniquely human.
The alternating vocals at the end take it to another level. Jonah and Gia join Hatfield in a beautifully woven vocal arrangement that adds layers to an already multifaceted piece. It’s an audacious move that works well, as the vocals weave in and out of each other like the intricacies of the themes being explored.
“Wet Brick & Roses” gives us a charming lens through which to view the dualities in our own lives, while also celebrating the beauty and contradictions of its Pacific Northwest setting. In this new addition, Sage, Jonah, and Gia have crafted an artistic trifecta that skillfully merges vocal harmony, lyrical depth, and acoustic grace into one well-rounded package.