Today’s Song: The Haunting “Hunger” and Sexual Liberation of Abby Sage

Abby Sage "Hunger" © cloudyytots
Abby Sage "Hunger" © cloudyytots
A hypnotic and soothing indie folk seduction, Abby Sage’s “Hunger” is sexual liberation in song: Embracing her own passions and leaning into her desires, the singer/songwriter frees herself in an intimate and achingly vulnerable inner reckoning with societal pressures and expectations.
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It’s my surrender to myself and what I want and crave, finding that in myself, and moving forward. I wish I heard a song like this when I was first exploring my sexuality and my sexual journey.

Feed my… hunger,” Abby Sage sings gently. “No shame, I’m just a beginner.” Rising and falling in tender, melodic cascades, her soft voice is a haunting beacon of raw emotion – a window into her soul as she embarks on her own sexual revolution. On one end she balances all the pressures she’s carried throughout her life, and on the other lies the desire to live unrestrained and unencumbered.

A hypnotic and soothing indie folk seduction, “Hunger” is sexual liberation in song: Embracing her own passions and desires, Abby Sage frees herself in an honest and achingly vulnerable inner reckoning with the social expectations she’s felt for as long as she can remember.

Her performance is provocative, intimate, and intense; systemic shame doesn’t go away in a day, but she’s on the road to her own redemption, and we’re all welcome to come along.

Hunger - Abby Sage
Hunger – Abby Sage
I’m watching p*rn on my phone
just to test what I know

Don’t do it a lot just collect
every piece that I’m taught
Feed my hunger
No shame, I’m just a beginner
It’s my own wonder
Don’t press, I’m just a beginner

Released November 10, 2023, “Hunger” is the spellbinding second single off Abby Sage’s forthcoming debut album, due out in Spring 2024 via Nettwerk Music Group. Following the release of October’s soul-stirring lead single “Milk,” the visceral “Hunger” offers two and a half minutes of unbridled self-empowerment. It’s a song that shouldn’t be provocative, but it is – thanks to hundreds of years’ worth of repressive puritanical tradition embedded deep into the fabric of Western thought.

Abby Sage © Noah Kentis
Abby Sage © Noah Kentis



Sage reflects this repression through candid lyrics sung in whispered tones that send shivers down the spine:

If what I enjoy checks a box
For the mind of a whore
Touch myself twice
To fulfill what I can’t find outside
I fulfill what I’m dying to find

“‘Hunger’ is the most important song to me on the album,” Sage tells Atwood Magazine. “It addresses the pressure and expectation that I have felt all my life surrounding sex and what my relationship with it should look like. Give enough, but not too much. Want it enough, but not too much.”

“It’s my surrender to myself and what I want and crave, finding that in myself, and moving forward. I wish I heard a song like this when I was first exploring my sexuality and my sexual journey, and for that reason I hope it reaches people.”

Abby Sage "Hunger" © cloudyytots
Abby Sage “Hunger” © cloudyytots




Feed my hunger
No shame, I’m just a beginner
It’s my own wonder
Don’t press, I’m just a beginner

Born in Toronto and based in Los Angeles, Abby Sage is no stranger to Atwood Magazine‘s pages. In premiering her song “18 Years” back in 2020, we praised her for delivering “a vulnerable recognition of love’s depth full of confessional tenderness and indie folk warmth”: “Ephemeral and ethereal, grounded in substance and significance, [’18 Years’] is the kind of song likely to put Abby Sage on the musical map for good.”

“18 Years” may not have been the breakout hit we wanted it to be, but her subsequent EPs Fears of Yours & Mine (2021) and The Florist (2022) have earned her a substantive following – to the tune of nearly half a million Spotify listeners. Her latest EP’s title track, the “utterly hypnotic and beautifully haunting” song “The Florist,” was previously featured as an Editor’s Pick. “Sage has simultaneously challenged and soothed us,” I wrote at the time. “[‘The Florist’] surprises in how deep it ends up cutting the soul… The result is equal parts compelling and unsettling, and I, for one, love a song that makes me think.”

YOUTH, LOVE, & FRAGILITY IN ABBY SAGE’S INTIMATE “18 YEARS”

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Forever a lightning rod of unfiltered songwriting and breathtaking performance, Abby Sage has been making her listeners think and feel deeply for years now.

“Hunger” is neither the first time she has haunted our ears and stunned our hearts, nor is it the last time she will do so – with her debut album set to release next year, the future is bright, both sexually and musically, for this inspiring and empowering artist. Abby Sage is unashamedly blazing her own trail, and we’re here for every minute of that magic.

No shame I’m just a beginner
No shame I’m just a beginner
No shame I’m just a beginner
No shame I’m just a beginner

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