Producer Kent Heckaman's most recent and comprehensive effort comes in the forming of “Sonnet Cottage” in 2010 with vocalists Torey and Rachel Russell. The Russell sisters prove to be very capable of delivering unique, ethereal vocal textures and beautiful harmonies around Kent’s carefully arranged acoustic backdrops. The group’s alternative folk debut album “Another Time”, set to release in late April 2012, was two-years in the making and follows a similar path to Kent's previous compilation "Songs from Those Days”, but this time with a broader commercial appeal. The Russell sisters deliver with the tonal quality of Lisa Hannigan (Damien Rice cohort), Kathryn Williams, or Laura Veirs with some underlying hints of Simon & Garfunkel…often retrospective yet at times lighthearted in structure and psyche.
Heckaman’s songs don’t readily slide into categories but they slip into the love of one’s hearing with the greatest of ease. Heckaman bravely constructs tunes that seem to be the mystical coalescence of post-modern folk, ambient, pop and more, all drenched in atmosphere and resonating with mood and melancholy. His compositional and production talents seem boundless. The lush beauty and impeccably balanced production result in crisp, moving odes that seem to spring straight from the heart. Heckaman’s captivating and ethereal songs further achieve bliss and enlightenment of a musical variety with the alluring female vocals he weaves into the spaces between his melodies.
Mingling skilled production with organic, full-flavored instrumentation and delivering heartfelt themes through touching and sometimes heart-rending but cathartic lyrics – all seen through the vision of both love and heartache – Heckaman is the creator of aural landscapes of the highest order. “I believe that great music begins with the quality and emotional value of the instrumentation and when combined with great vocals and lyrics … you have a song with the potential to move people,” says Heckaman, whose “potential” becomes actual with the release of each of his emotionally genuine songs.
Writing and recording are currently daily activities for Heckaman, whose love of music keeps him ever near it in one form or another. More information is available by visiting or www.kentheckaman.com or with the group Sonnet Cottage at www.sonnetcottage.com