Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul

Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul

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by Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
     
 

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On their third offering, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter widen their musical palette ever so slightly. The first noticeable difference is in the grain of Sykes' voice. She is far more world-worn this time out. She's raspier, digging into the meat of her lyrics more and stubbornly holding on to her syllables to open her lyrics enough to let herSee more details below

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On their third offering, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter widen their musical palette ever so slightly. The first noticeable difference is in the grain of Sykes' voice. She is far more world-worn this time out. She's raspier, digging into the meat of her lyrics more and stubbornly holding on to her syllables to open her lyrics enough to let her intent and emotion drip from them like raw, bittersweet honey. The Sweet Hereafter, led by Phil Wandscher, is tighter, louder, and -- while still slow and purposeful -- more forceful. Check Wandscher's smoking guitar roar on "LLL," a song wrenched from sexual memory and emotional desolation: "Like love, lust/Sometimes you have to kill/The one you trust" (if the French writer Georges Bataille had been a woman born in the late 20th century perhaps). The band has been augmented by some curious guests as well, enlisted by producer and engineer Tucker Martine: jazz trumpeter Dave Carter leads the horn section, and vanguard violinist Eyvind Kang and Wayne Horvitz also appear. The bigger arrangements and lusher sound separate this set from its predecessors. Yes, that is a good thing. "You Might Walk Away" is a straight-up rock tune, tempered only by the hushed tension on Sykes' voice. The insistently hyper Farfisa sounds like an outtake form Forever Changes. Elsewhere, "I Like the Sound" is a rocking take on six-o psychedelic pop and Sykes' delivery feels almost like Grace Slick's. That's not to say this is a derivative record. Far from it. If anything, the Sweet Hereafter are stretching themselves, incorporating different textures, sonics, and even song structures to build bridges for that understated, intensely expressive voice to articulate a poetic view that's decidedly subterranean and perhaps even sublingual. Country and folk music hasn't been abandoned -- it's still ever present in tracks like "The Air Is Thin," the haunted "Spectral Beings," "Morning, It Comes," and "The Open Halls of the Soul." If anything, this is the most satisfying offering from Sykes and her band yet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
Label:
Barsuk
UPC:
0655173106228
catalogNumber:
31062

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter   Primary Artist
Craig Flory   Saxophone
Wayne Horvitz   Hammond Organ
Christy McWilson   Choir, Chorus
Carla Torgerson   Choir, Chorus
Tucker Martine   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Phil Wandscher   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Lap Steel Guitar
Eyvind Kang   Violin,Viola
Bill Herzog   Electric Bass,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Upright Bass
Gretchen Yanover   Cello
Nicolai Dunger   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jesse Sykes   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Indexed Contributor
Billy Joe Huels   Trumpet
Anne Marie Ruljancich   Viola,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eric Eagle   Percussion,Drums,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Angie Benintendu   Choir, Chorus
Ron Weinstein   Hammond Organ
Ben OShea   Trombone
Barton Carroll   Choir, Chorus
Steve Moore   Organ,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Vivian Linden   Choir, Chorus
Josiah Boothby   French Horn
Micah Hulscher   Piano,Harmonium
Apple Martine   Choir, Chorus
Mike McNaughton   Choir, Chorus
Dave Carter   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Martin Feveyear   Producer,Engineer
Tucker Martine   Producer,Engineer
Phil Wandscher   Composer
Eyvind Kang   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Randall Dunn   Producer,Engineer
Jesse Sykes   Composer

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