Marble Son

Marble Son

by Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
     
 

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On the excellent Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul, Jesse Skyes & the Sweet Hereafter blended panoramic country-rock soundscapes with guitarist Phil Wandscher's Jerry Garcia-esque, psychedelia-splashed riffs and Sykes' own mature…  See more details below

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On the excellent Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul, Jesse Skyes & the Sweet Hereafter blended panoramic country-rock soundscapes with guitarist Phil Wandscher's Jerry Garcia-esque, psychedelia-splashed riffs and Sykes' own mature-beyond-her-years Karen Dalton-meets-Nina Simone tones. However, the long-awaited follow-up album, Marble Son, injects a bit more grit into the equation. During the four-year gap between the two albums, the group spent time consorting with the heavy-psych likes of Black Mountain, which seems to have had an effect on the Sweet Hereafter's sound. On a number of tracks here, the guitars dip into a heavier, fuzzier tone evocative of the harder end of '60s psych, or even the early wave of hard rock that emerged at the start of the '70s. But don't get the wrong idea -- this isn't exactly wild-eyed, Blue Cheer-type territory we're talking about. Even when Wandscher cranks up to 11 and brings his foot down decisively on the stomp box, it's still within the carefully arranged context of the band's sweeping, stately aesthetic, with Sykes gliding gracefully above it all. And it's really less than half of the album that involves this sort of fuzz-filled fierceness; Marble Son is still dominated by elegant, wistful songs that sound like they were conceived on a mountaintop and set adrift to float in a cloudless sky, dipping down just long enough for listeners to get an earful of the airy delights they offer. And whether the sonic setting is one of doomy distortion or fragile fingerpicking, Sykes remains a truly unique vocalist whose dusky voice is capable of imparting a transcendent, almost spiritual quality to almost any tune it touches.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
Label:
Station Grey Records
UPC:
0616892160960
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
79826

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter   Primary Artist
Jesse Sykes   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Vocals
Phil Wandscher   Organ,Guitar,Vocals,Casio
Eyvind Kang   Viola
Bill Herzog   Bass,Vocals
Jason Staczek   Piano
John Roderick   Acoustic Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Anne Marie Ruljancich   Viola,Background Vocals
Eric Eagle   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Bill Patton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jason Merculief   Percussion
Chris Zasche   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jeremy Manley   Piano

Technical Credits

Mell Dettmer   Producer,Engineer
Martin Feveyear   Engineer
Jeff Wooding   Management
Phil Wandscher   Composer,Producer
Jesse Sykes   Composer,Producer
Eric Eagle   Engineer
Frank Riley   Booking
Steven Thomassen   Booking
Jay Bryant   Cover Photo
Christine Taylor   Back Cover Photo

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