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Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
Oh, My Girl

Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter — Oh, My Girl (June 8, 2004/2013)

   Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter — Oh, My Girl
••  Jedna z oceněných hrdinek Tais Awards, která hrála celkem nedávno v Berlíně. Cenu TA získala svým pozdějším albem Marble Son. Nepamatuji, že bych se někdy v životě setkal se smutnější písničkářkou v tom dobrém slova smyslu, pokud ovšem není řeč o Nico, takže je mohu v zásadě konfrontovat. Na rozdíl od Nico se Jesse umí hezky usmát. A navíc žije.
Location: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Album release: June 8, 2004
Record Label: Barsuk Records
Duration:     52:42
01. Oh, My Girl     4:38
02. You Are Not Gotten Here     4:17
03. Troubled Soul     5:09
04. The Dreaming Dead     6:04
05. Your Eyes Told     5:31
06. Tell The Boys     3:53
07. Birds Over Water     6:37
08. Winter Hunter     5:27
09. House By The Lake     5:32
10. Grow A New Heart     5:34
••  Dave Carter Additional Personnel, Flugelhorn
••  Bill Herzog Bass (Upright), Double Bass, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
••  Butch Hogan Photography
••  Jon Hyde Additional Personnel, Guitar (Acoustic), Pedal Steel
••  Tucker Martine Additional Personnel, Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Drums, Engineer, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Sounds
••  Steve Moore Additional Personnel, Keyboards, Piano, Trombone, Vibraphone, Wurlitzer, Wurlitzer Piano
••  Ian Parks Additional Personnel, Banjo, Mandolin
••  Greg Readling Additional Personnel, Organ, Pedal Steel, Pedal Steel Guitar
••  Anne Marie Ruljancich Member of Attributed Artist, Viola, Vocals
••  Roger Seibel Mastering
••  Jesse Sykes   Guitar (Acoustic), Photography, Vocals
••  Phil Wandscher   Composer, Guitar, Harmonium, Organ, Vocals
••  Kevin Warner Drums, Member of Attributed Artist, Percussion
••  Ron Weinstein Additional Personnel, Hammond B3, Organ (Hammond)
••  Stanford Wilson Photography
••  Jewel case with transparent tray.
••  Recorded at Flora, Seattle, WA.
••  Mastered at SAE, Phoenix, AZ.
Review by Thom Jurek, Score: ****
••  Oh, My Girl, the second album by singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and her band the Sweet Hereafter — led by Phil Wandscher — picks up where her debut, Reckless Burning, left off. Songs are played at cough–syrup tempo, production is sparse, instrumentation equally so, offering just enough of a frame for the melody and lyrics to hang themselves on, and everything, absolutely everything, is underplayed. There is plenty of dynamic tension, but little to no dynamic range. Yes, this is a good thing. Sykes’ ghostly voice, which hovers about her words more than inhabits them, has enough old–world folkiness, raw — if intentionally muted — willingness, and lonesome country pain in it to carry off these tunes with authority. Produced, mixed and engineered by multi–instrumentalist Tucker Martine, Oh, My Girl is full of slow, dipping passion, moody expressionism and poetic smarts to make it stand out in a sensual, narcotic way from the rest of the gothic alterna–twang pack. And one more thing: Sykes has more emotion in the grain of her halting, cracking voice than a whole army of Margo Timmins’es — so let the comparisons stop now, please.
••  “Psychedelia as communal creation, psychedelia as mystical quest, psychedelia as a roiling tangle and psychedelia as a euphoric, entranced sprawl are all encompassed in the music of Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter...There’s nothing neo– about this band’s psychedelia.”  — The New York Times
••  “Alternative country, no...more like alternative universe.. a sprawling psych rock vision...” — Spin
••  “This is a complex, fascinating record that punches the shoulder for attention. As subtle as it is hypnotic, mixing delicacy with confidence and hope with fear.... unlock your senses, and wrap yourself in this intricate web of aural imagery” —  Consequence Of Sound ****
••  “Flush with cavernous sonics and complex soundscapes, it’s 58 minutes of aural cinema for the ears and mind.” — TONE Audio
••  “Whether the sonic setting is one of doomy distortion or fragile fingerpicking, Sykes remains a truly unique vocalist whose dusky voice is capable of imparting a transcendent, almost spiritual quality to almost any tune it touches.” — All Music Guide
••  Seemingly living up to its name — the collective of musicians, lovingly christened “Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereafter” in 2001 was born out of a chance meeting a few years earlier in Seattle Washington, and led to an enduring musical partnership, spanning more than a decade– that continues to this day.  Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter have traveled extensively in both the US and in Europe, and have had the pleasure of touring with: Black Mountian, Earth, Sparklehorse (rip), Bright Eyes, Iron And Wine, Marissa Nadler, Laura Veirs, J. Tillman, Great Lake Swimmers, and many more.They have shared the stage with acts on opposite ends of a vast spectrum of genres, ranging from Sunno))), Boris, Nicolai Dunger, Coco Rosie all the way to Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch. The core  still remains singer–songwriter Jesse Sykes and guitarist/ writer Phil Wandscher. Past and sometimes present members have included long timer William "Bill" Herzog, Eric Eagle, Anne Marie Ruljanchic and Kevin Warner. All three previous releases in the US are on  Barsuk Records, and in Europe all releases remain on Fargo Records. The most recent album "Marble Son" was self released in the states in 2011 and is the bands fourth full length. Over the years they have worked with the wise ears of Tucker Martine, Martin Feveyear, Mell Dettmer, and Randall Dunn.
Website: http://jessesykes.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D_2eZu18YY

Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
Oh, My Girl