Each successive CD release from Sacha Sacket has marked a dramatic chapter in his artistry. From his debut, Alabaster Flesh, through Shadowed, Lovers & Leaders and Live At The Zone, what remains constant is Sacket’s ability to move beyond his comfort zone and surpass creative expectations.
Hermitage is a vital link in this narrative. As the title suggests, after frenetic phases of recording and touring, Sacket disappeared into the Southern California mountains. “It was snowing. There was a dirt path to a cabin. I had to chop wood to stay warm,” he says. For the singer/songwriter, raised in the suburbs, the wilderness offered space for reflection and renewal. “When you are on your own and haven’t seen anyone for more than a week, strange things rise to the surface,” says Sacket. “In some cases, issues you didn’t even know were there. You think about your life completely differently.” This experience brought forth the five extraordinary songs of Hermitage.
Sacha returned to the cabin to record, bringing a producer/engineer for the duration, and inviting a roster of musicians into the mountains to add to the tracks, which were then completed in Los Angeles. Sacket generally preferred his first take vocals, which invests Hermitage with an intense emotional immediacy. Lifted by the thunder of drums and the edges of a cello, the sound is rich, orchestral and epic, with Sacha’s impassioned vocals alternately intimate and bravura.
Upon the completion of Hermitage, Sacha traveled solo to Russia for two weeks. In the land of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, his vision became even more significant. “I already had the title, but when I went to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg it made even more sense. It is a palace – the size of the Louvre -- that Catherine the Great had constructed so that she could spend time alone. "That idea encapsulated the album for me. This grand, opulent palace for solitude and reflection."
Hermitage is a postcard from a remote outpost, a missive to anyone who feels overwhelmed by the relentless demand to fulfill other’s needs. The message is simple: the truth exists within; we need only the solitude to hear it. “Sometimes you have to shut the world off to find out who you really are,” says Sacha. Hermitage reveals the answer.
released November 17, 2009
All Songs Written and Performed by Sacha Sacket
Produced, Engineered, MIxed and Mastered by Mike Castonguay
Sacha Sacket - Piano, Keyboards, Programming
Mark Goldenberg - Guitar
Jeremiah Baca - Guitar
Mike Castonguay - Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals, Programming
Aaron Sterling - Drums, Percussion
Chris Votek - Cello
Kathleen Moon - Harp
Assistant Engineer for drum tracking at Wyman Studios - Tip Wyman
Additional Production - Sacha Sacket
Additional Production - Paul Bessone
A Cabin in Idyllwild, CA
Wyman Studios - Burbank, CA
Lukewarm Freeda Studios - North Hollywood, CA
Big Evil Studios - Sherman Oaks, CA
Artwork and Design by Jonas Valtysson.
Photos by Thomas Marin.
Website by Felipe Medieros.
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