Robby Hecht returns to his hometown with a fistful of well-deserved accolades for his self-titled third release. Produced by Lex Price, Robby Hecht is a finely textured piece of work that features a large supporting cast, including Price, multi-instrumentalist Josh Graves, and under-appreciated talents like Casey Driessen, Eamon McLoughlin and Julie Lee. But though the list of names is long, their talents are craftily deployed, resulting in a taut, lean sound that only occasionally draws on a larger palette. Hecht’s melodies — delivered in an intimate, meditative tone — are no less concise, and as a lyricist he’s not afraid to keep things spare; phrases repeat and echo throughout the course of a song, like the opening “I Don’t Believe It,” which gains force and weight with every repetition. Still, it’s the music that carries much of the deeper meaning here — and it’s unfailingly elegant from start to finish.
Tonight's show at The Basement starts at 7 p.m., cover is $5, and The Sea The Sea will also perform.