Jesse Sykes is absolutely smitten with
the idea of the slow build. On both the August-released Marble Son and the preceding three albums, the namesake of Jesse Sykes & The
Sweet Hereafter has shown her devotion to tracks that take their time
to venture anywhere they want. Instruments move in meticulous,
drawn-out motions, and when explosions finally do occur in songs,
they ruminate and linger instead of demanding immediate emotional
It’s a great positive, then, that Sykes’ work roams around
AltCountry, Folk Rock and Psychedelic Rock, styles that make her
furtiveness an asset instead of an albatross.
Listening to Sykes for
instant gratification is bound to mean disappointment, but if you’re
willing to dive into the Seattle-based musician’s sullen, wounded sonic
pool and swim around for a spell, its positives can strike with serious
Although Sykes’ name occupies top billing in The Sweet
Hereafter, she has a comrade on nearly equal footing with her in the
form of Phil Wandscher, a guitarist/vocalist otherwise best known for
being in Ryan Adams’ old AltCountry outfit Whiskeytown.
Jesse Sykes & The
Sweet Hereafter play MOTR Pub Saturday with Buffalo Killers. Go here to read Reyan Ali's full Sound Advice.