For a boy who grew up in a small suburb of Memphis immersed in a church of country and gospel vintage lore, a Southern homecoming marks the past year as a return to the roots. With a contributing cast of musicians he released two EPs, The Family Tree and Your Light My Dark, a collection of songs that were no doubt inspired by the way he paints his [Pentecostal] youth: Sunday bands with Elvis slick backs and sideburns, pedal steel and banjo players, running, screaming, dancing, and speaking in tongues.
Hectorne['s latest effort is entitled] Your Light My Dark, an EP that expand[s] into moments of shimmering pop and choral sing-alongs. With the hushed harmonies of Nina DeRubertis becoming fully realized on the chanting hymnal “(Will There Be a Time When I Will Not Be) Lost Without You” and the release of the stark black-and-white video for “Coming Around”, Your Light My Dark is a project steeped in minimalism, an unembellished effort that finds beauty in subtlety.
“I never set out to make the simplest video or the simplest sounding recording. To me it’s just being honest and almost a necessity. I’m not necessarily a [proficient] musician; I learned my instrument to write songs and it’s all I know,” says Hectorne. “But when you strip songs down, the only thing that stands up or holds anything together is the lyrics. You have no room for any other pretense. You have the song or you have nothing. “