A few years ago a friend of mine returned from a business trip to Seattle with tales of former Whiskeytown guitarist Phil Wandscher’s latest project. This turned out to be working with Jesse Sykes in their newly minted band The Sweet Hereafter. He also came back with a copy of their, as of then, just released debut LP Reckless Burning. I was practically sold on sight by the album’s noir-ish cover art. Thankfully the album’s contents, all downer country soundscapes, were just as rewarding as the haunting visual promised.   

I admittedly lost track a bit after the band’s last release, 2004’s excellent Oh, My Girl, so I was both surprised and excited to receive a press copy of the new album from the band’s label Barsuk. Once again, the mix of Cowboy Junkies-styled, smoky dirges crossed with Wandscher’s raw Faithless Street era playing make for another solid listen.

DOWNLOAD:
MP3:
Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereafter :: Station Grey
MP3: Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereafter :: LLL
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AmpCamp: Jesse Sykes – Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls of the Soul (pre-sale)
www.jessesykes.com/ ++ www.myspace.com/jessesykesandthesweethereafter

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