Hollowsage is haunted by your absence (and your otherworldly presence) in the ghostly new video for his folk ballad Haunted — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
And if you think the spooky subject matter is strange terrain for a sensitive singer-songwriter, know this: Hollowsage is actually the musical alter-ego of Toronto funeral director Sagen Pearse. As someone who bears witness to the frontlines of human grief on a near-daily basis, it’s understandable that the up-and-coming musician would feel comfortable dealing with such dark subject matter. Ultimately though, Sagen has always wanted to use his platform and natural storytelling abilities to share soothing songs for people who are struggling with the unfortunate and necessary truths of life, creating a body of art that might help them cope with the bittersweet nature of reality.
Sagen began performing covers at a local open mic night hosted by producer Kevin Ker (Future History) a few years back. After his debut gig, he was encouraged to attend weekly and play some of his original music. Since then, Sagen has garnered a dedicated following by playing intimate shows to crowds all across Ontario and beyond. Prior to Haunted, Monsters and Naturally Disastrous were released as standalone singles before Hollowsage & The Three Mile Islanders’ 2020 debut album Nuclear Home, a collection of folk tracks filled with stories of heartache, honesty and overall hope. The record was recorded in the span of only three days at Union Sound Studio in Toronto. Sagen wrote the entire 12-track release, while Ker produced it. Additionally, Ker contributes electric guitar. The two remaining Three Mile Islanders are drummer Justin Dillon and bassist/keyboardist Quincy Bullen.