Hermitage

by Sacha Sacket

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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.

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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

Recorded at:
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.


www.sachasacket.com All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2009. Swedish Pony Productions.

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Track Name: Running Away
On the road
it grew old
pulling rabbits
from my soul.
And I could see
on my knees
this crusade turn
into me
Running Away

The whitest lies
came to mind
conversations
silver-lined.
And every tone
set in stone
my creations
stripped for gold,
Running Away

And when you ask which road to take
Every finger points your way
You who never could erase
The black forest in your brain
But in the twilight there were three
Sirens singing you to sleep
Pinching all your golden dreams
One for every cross you keep
And deep within their astral plane
You could see the light again
You who knew you'd lose the way
You who sprints to stay the same
Running Away
Track Name: Used
And it's more than you can take
So don't let this go to waste
Give it everything you got
No one said it'd be enough
Heavy heart and headless rage
All the world was just a stage
Say the words to turn the page
'Til there's no one left to play

You got used

All your thoughts get in the way
And that voice still sounds the same
But a spirit can be saved
So you pray and pray and pray
Sharp as nails and dumb as grass
Steal your lunch and sell it back
Light the match and throw the flame
Leave the rest all up to fate

You got used

And you know it's your fault
Begging for what you want.
Track Name: You Could
And the sky lit gold
Heaven restored
As the world fell to it's knees.
You sat by my side
Taking the sight
But I only watched it leave.

'Cause I'm never sure
If you're the one
And I need to be complete.
Always rise and fall
And holding on
Never stop and wait and see.

But you could say it's alright
You could
You could reach me tonight
You could

I am over-thought, carefully taught
I am barely what i seem.
I get sold and bought
Tongue-tied in knots just to say
What I believe

All these songs of love
You'd think I'd know
It is not enough to bleed.
Gotta rise above the precious stuff
Gotta just say what I mean

But you could say it's alright
You could
You could reach me tonight
You could

And as the night fell on us
And chimneys filled the air
You stood on the surface
So clear

'Cause you could say it's alright
You could
You could reach me tonight
You could
Track Name: Hold On and Hope
And all these tears won't stop the rain
slipping down that windowpane.
You can hate it but you can't erase
this stretch of time

So hold on and hope

Every storm must have it's day,
Sometimes love just fades away.
You should know it's all a stage,
Let 'em down

And hold on and hope
Just hold on and hope
Track Name: The River
Watch the river flow,
It calls you to the edge.
And deep inside you know,
You're falling for yourself

And you can't stop
And you can't run

The river has no law,
Nothing will set it right.
It pulls you down below, you know,
Because you have to fight

And you can't win
If you can't swim
And you can't start
When you can't stop