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.
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.
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.
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.