AC Sapphire Takes Us to the Desert on 'Omni Present' (EP stream) (premiere)
On her new EP, folk rocker AC Sapphire delivers a collection of songs for fans of Jeff Buckley, Neko Case, and Liz Phair, many of which are informed by the expanses of the Mojave Desert.
Originally hailing from Eastern Pennsylvania, where she was raised as one of eight children, she began gigging at age 17 and formed the group Sisters3 with two of her siblings. That outfit enjoyed some regional success but ultimately came to an end when one of her siblings left the group. Sapphire traveled West, eventually settling in the Mojave Desert, which inspired much of the material on Omni Present.
Though she loved California, she ultimately made her way to Portland, Oregon where she has worked with Kyle Craft and has volunteered as a vocal coach with Portland's Rock & Roll Camp for Girls. (She plans to raise money for the organization during her upcoming tour.)
Omni Present opens with the haunting "Red Sands", which marries the vast expanses of Neko Case with the stomping fire of early Velvet Underground and proves a harbinger of things to come across the remaining tracks. The desert landscape hovers at the fringes of the recording, the aforementioned vastness informing pieces such as "Rock and Roll Van" and, of course, the closing "Desert Stars", giving the collection a delightfully elliptical close.
Elsewhere, we're treated to the lo-fi-ish "Mini Tour" (think: Liz Phair teaming up with peak-era Violent Femmes), the thoroughly rock-centric "Picture of Yourself" and "Thirsty Willow", which gives us an overview of Sapphire's full emotional and musical range.
In all, Omni Present never disappoints in its musical or emotional range.
03.01 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
03.04 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Winery
03.05 – Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge
03.07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Make Out Room
03.12 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriets
03.13 – San Diego CA @ Casbah *
03.23 – Vancouver, WA @ Biltmore *
03.24 - Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
03.27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
03.29 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
03.31 – Kansas City. MO @ The Riot Room *
04.01 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
04.02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Back Room Collective *
04.03 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen *
04.08 – New York, NY @ Pianos
04.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
04.17 – Houston, TX @ The Rustic *
04.18 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
04.19 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
04.22 – Albuquerque NM @, Launchpad *
04.23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel *
04.24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon *
05.06 – Eugene, OR @ Sams Garage
* with Lauren Ruth Ward & Valley Queen Solo