Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Richard X. Heyman is kicking off a Kickstarter campaign today for his latest batch of original songs which will comprise his forthcoming album Incognito.

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Word has been swirling around New York City about the power of these recordings from a handful of lucky friends who have heard the early stages of the tracks. RXH laid down over 20 high energy drum performances at East Side Sound on the Lower East Side, on a vintage Rogers kit. If you’re not familiar with RXH’s drumming skills, you’re in for a treat. He has lent his persuasive percussion chops to such rock luminaries as Brian Wilson, Jonathan Richman, Link Wray and Mark Lindsey, among others, including the band he founded, classic garage rockers The Doughboys.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. RXH is a first-rate guitarist and keyboardist. But of all his talents, it’s his emotionally wrought and melodious songwriting prowess, aided by his soulful singing that makes him stand out in the world of pop music. For this project, Nancy Leigh plays solid and inventive bass as well as engineers and provides some harmony vocals; Julia Kent adds beautiful cello tracks to a couple of tunes; and Susan Mitchell contributed a lively violin performance on another.

The Incognito release will contain 14 songs. The remaining unreleased material will be exclusive bonus tracks for this Kickstarter campaign. Some of the other bonuses will be t-shirts, jackets and of course autographed copies of the album.

Says RXH of his latest musical foray, “You may ask why, why do I keep recording and releasing new albums – CDs, no less? When all the conventional wisdomers warn that people don’t have the patience or attention span that they used to, to digest an entire album with all the competing media and technologies. Well I suppose I could make the argument that old habits die hard or you can’t teach an old hound like me new tracks. But I also think about the absurdity of trying to convince a novelist that he or she should only write short stories or a single chapter because their readers don’t have the time or inclination to wade through their antiquated novel.”

RXH was one of the first “one man band” recording artists, following in the grand tradition of Paul McCartney, Emitt Rhodes and Todd Rundgren. His abilities have won him a fiercely loyal grass-roots fan base and reams of acclaim over the past two and a half decades. Critical praise began with the release of his first album Living Room!! which Rolling Stone proclaimed “an undiscovered treasure.” All Music Guide called him “perhaps America’s greatest unsung hero of power pop, a songwriter of uncommon talent and intelligence and a one-man rock band without peer,” while praised his “hooks galore and ebullient melodies, and lyrics revealing the emotional power that pop can pack into its brevity.” As Rolling Stone editor David Wild put it in a piece on RXH’s fourth album Basic Glee, “rock’n’roll doesn’t get any better than this.”

Get ready to lose yourself in the wealth of fantastic new Heyman songs on Incognito!

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