Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter Marble Son on 180g 2LP + CD
Though oft saddled with the 'alt-country' tag, of late, Jesse Sykes and Co. have moved into slightly heavier and darker territories. Marble Son, their self-produced fourth album, exemplifies a band at their creative pinnacle, heavier and more complex than previous records.
The music resonates among the parallel worlds of the avant-garde and the timeless. Sykes' voice and sometimes mystical leanings and her band's incomparable musical rapport, culminate in what the New York Times has described as "spellbound music, rapt in fatalism and sorrow."
Sykes' trademark thematic darkness and acclaimed songwriting have never been more present; yet Marble Son speaks of evolution, which she describes as "sonic mirror of the most chaotic, turbulent times of our lives, where beauty triumphed and the tears that spilled became this record."
"The Seattle-based artist eschews brass on Marble Son, but in embracing some of the heavier riffs, bluesy inclinations, and darker ambience associated with avant-garde metal, she’s created the kind of statement record at which her previous efforts only hinted. Flush with cavernous sonics and complex soundscapes, it’s 58 minutes of aural cinema for the ears and mind. Extending arrangements and escalating turbulent build-ups, the quartet wanders into psychedelic regions that, at times, find the collective occupying the stage of what could pass as San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom in 1968."
--Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 38, June 2011
Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereafter Marble Son Track Listing:
1. Hushed By Devotion
2. Marble Son
3. Come To Mary
4. Servant Of Your Vision
5. Ceiling's High
6. Be It Me, Or Be It None
7. Pleasuring The Divine
8. Weight Of Cancer
9. Birds of Passerine
10. Your Own Kind
11. Wooden Roses