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

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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.

Paste Magazine:
This is a beautiful, heartbreaking album.