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Marble Son is where Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter shake the alt-country label and get heavy. Beginning with the epic-length “Hushed By Devotion,” which starts lush and spooky and ends in an extended Zep-like breakdown, the album is moody, dark, and psychedelic. Fusing Southern rock with sludgy Northwest riffs the Seattle band creates a shadowy and mysterious sonic landscape that is reinforced by Sykes’ cryptic lyrics and riveting vocals. Even at its most delicate and lovely her voice can still be unnerving. The band maintains a hard edge on spacious and textured ballads like “Wooden Roses,” “Be It Me, or Be It None,” and the title track, as well as on the sprawling psych rockers “Ceiling’s High,” “Come to Mary,” and “Your Own Kind.” “Pleasuring the Divine” and “Weight of Cancer,” two of the more dynamic tunes, serve as showpieces for co-songwriter and guitarist Phil Wandscher, who plays a wealth of stunning guitar on the album. The sheer variety of tones he achieves is a pleasure. He sounds gritty, crunchy, crystal-clear, or distorted beyond recognition, often all on the same song.

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Amazing Album

"Hush By Devotion" and "Come To Mary" are wonderful psychedelic odes to the 60's and 70's with a contemporary sensibility. The album is amazing. I am not sure why it is not getting as much traction.


Genre: Alternative

Formed from the ashes of two influential alternative country bands, Whiskeytown and Hominy, the duo of lead singer/guitarist Jesse Sykes and guitarist Phil Wandscher met in 1999 in Seattle's Hattie Hat bar. Sykes had just ended a relationship with Jim Sykes (her musical partner in the band Hominy) and had slowed her songwriting down, but a new seed sprouted when she met Wandscher. The pair began performing as a duo and received much praise, creating a slow buzz. The group eventually added drummer...
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Marble Son, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Aug 02, 2011

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