Szlachetka (from the album Heart of My Hometown)
SLA-HET-KA is the correct pronunciation. On Heart of My Hometown, the recent release from Szlachetka, learning to articulate his name will prove much easier than defining the sound of the album. Szlachetka approaches each song with an attention to detail that gives the tracks a Pop shine. The production on Heart of My Hometown keeps a blue-collar beat pulsing as Szlachetka delivers a bar band anthem for its title track, putting a rock’n’roll rhythm underneath as the story rips off its rear-view mirror and heads out on the highway towards the bright light of promise. Katelyn Clampett joins Szlachetka as muted strums and orchestrated strings pick “Wildflowers on the Highway” while a second chance does the math for its mistakes in “Algebra” as Heart of My Hometown channels thunder for the rhythm rumble of “Dark Clouds Over Me” and taps out the time for its heart to start beating again in “Until the Echo”.
Starting out in music as part of the band The Northstar Sessions, Szlachetka left the group after ten years of touring and recording, relocating to the west coast prior to settling in Nashville, Tennessee. Heart of My Hometown, his second solo album release, fingerpicks notes for “A Letter Each Morning” to send love back home, asking “Don’t You Think It’s Time” to shed false skin and hops on a powerful backbeat that spins the addiction merry-go-round in “Ready to Run Again”. Szlachetka, along with producer David Bianco, offers perfect musical moments to back real-life stories comfortable in thrift-store clothes as Heart of My Hometown plans a party behind the barn, swaying to a mysterious melody as it climbs “Ladder to the Stars” and tenderly closes out the album with “Giving Back the Best of Me”.
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