Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul

bark62: Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter / Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul

bark62 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · February 2007
sunn89 · 2XLP
Southern Lord · March 2008

1.
Eisenhower Moon
2.
LLL
3.
You Might Walk Away
4.
The Air Is Thin
5.
Spectral Beings
6.
How Will We Know?
7.
Hard Not To Believe
8.
Aftermath
9.
Station Grey
10.
I Like The Sound
11.
Morning, It Comes
12.
The Open Halls Of The Soul

We have a limited quantity of the new Southern Lord double vinyl pressing of this album, in a super swank gatefold sleeve — get yours while supplies last! Comes in black and peach vinyl.

Produced, recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine (Decemberists, The Long Winters) and Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Kings of Leon), with additional recording and production by Randall Dunn (Kinski, SunnO)))), Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul is a musically deep piece of work, addressing themes of love, illusion, forgiveness, and the universality of the human experience.

Oh, My Girl

bark36: Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter / Oh, My Girl

bark36 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · June 2004

1.
Oh, My Girl
2.
You Are Not Gotten Here
3.
Troubled Soul
4.
The Dreaming Dead
5.
Your Eyes Told
6.
Tell The Boys
7.
Birds Over Water
8.
Winter Hunter
9.
House By The Lake
10.
Grow A New Heart

Jesse Sykes' stark songs roil with themes of loss, resignation, and love laid bare, placing them sonically and lyrically somewhere between pour down like silver-era Richard & Linda Thompson or vintage Neil Young, the warm country-gothic-noir of Nick Cave, and the elegant indie-rock of Cat Power. Oh, my girl is the second full-length resulting from Sykes' partnership with guitarist/songwriter Phil Wandscher, whose previous musical project was Whiskeytown, the revered North Carolina post-punk altcountry band that he co-founded with Ryan Adams. The rest of The Sweet Hereafter — a band that includes seasoned ex-members of Neko Case's band, Joel Phelps' Downer Trio, and The Walkabouts — is sublime.

Vinyl version now available! (Released by Devil in the Woods Records)

Reckless Burning

bark30: Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter / Reckless Burning

bark30 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · January 2003

1.
Reckless Burning
2.
Doralee
3.
Lonely Still
4.
Your Side Now
5.
Don't Let Me Go
6.
Drinking With Strangers
7.
Made Of Wood
8.
Love Me, Someday
9.
Lullaby

Jesse Sykes is an extraordinary singer and amazing songwriter whose dark songs of dislocation and reconciliation fall somewhere between the warm country-noir of Giant Sand, poor down like silver-era Richard/Linda Thompson, and the glacial indie-rock of Low. Reckless Burning is the first recorded result of her collaboration with Whiskeytown founding guitarist/songwriter Phil Wandscher, whose playing and songwriting underline how essential he was to that great original Whiskeytown lineup. The rest of The Sweet Hereafter — seasoned Joel Phelps/Neko Case sideman Bill Herzog on stand-up bass, Walkabouts violinist Anne-Marie Ruljancich, and stylish brush-and-mallet drummer Kevin Warner — is sublime.

The Tempest

jsshcd01: Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter / The Tempest

jsshcd01 · CD
self-released · June 2009

1.
Introduction
2.
The Storm
3.
Aeriels Song
4.
Celebration
5.
The Storm
6.
Transformation

Asked to compose music for Seattle Shakespeare Company's performance of "The Tempest", this 6-song EP offers up a very different side of the Sweet Hereafter. Listen to Jesse and Phil sing Shakespeare, as they gently wrap their music around his beautiful words.