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Marble Son

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Hushed By Devotion
Marble Son
Come To Mary
Servant Of Our Vision
Ceiling's High
Be It Me, Or Be It None
Pleasuring The Divine
Weight Of Cancer
Birds Of Passerine
Your Own Kind
Wooden Roses
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 58:11

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Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Marble Son
2011 | Label: Station Grey Records / The Orchard

It seems incongruous, at this point, that Seattle songstress Jesse Sykes and her band were ever entrenched in the alt-country camp, given how much they’ve diverged from rural routes as they’ve progressed over the past decade. Yes, guitarist/co-writer Phil Wandscher was a founding member of Whiskeytown, but he was always more of a rock guy even back then, and Sykes’ pre-Sweet Hereafter endeavors tended to recall Jefferson Airplane more than the Flying Burritos. That San… read more »

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Please review—don't complain.


Stop the whining about availability. Emusic would love to sell this to everyone—even Canadians. This space is for reviews, not complaints to the management. • Marble Son is a strong effort with some definite psychedelic rock appeal. Try "Come to Mary" or "Hushed By Devotion." Will it be a classic? Well, it's not Jefferson Airplane or Quicksilver Messenger Service. To my mind, it lacks the broader dynamics of the classic San Francisco bands. That's why I still listen to music from 1969.

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Who can tell?


This shows up on my Emusic Canada frontpage, and it's unavailable for purchase from Emusic Canada. I'd try it out, but, apparently Emusic just wants to rub my face in albums I can't buy.

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Best yet


I know the songs move slowly, but is there a hotter, louder, better rock band anywhere in the world! Those who love psychedelic music but want to move into the 21st century, here is your band.

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CHIMICHANGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):)

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On the excellent Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul, Jesse Skyes & the Sweet Hereafter blended panoramic country-rock soundscapes with guitarist Phil Wandscher’s Jerry Garcia-esque, psychedelia-splashed riffs and Sykes’ own mature-beyond-her-years Karen Dalton-meets-Nina Simone tones. However, the long-awaited follow-up album, Marble Son, injects a bit more grit into the equation. During the four-year gap between the two albums, the group spent time consorting with the heavy-psych likes of Black Mountain, which seems to have had an effect on the Sweet Hereafter’s sound. On a number of tracks here, the guitars dip into a heavier, fuzzier tone evocative of the harder end of ‘60s psych, or even the early wave of hard rock that emerged at the start of the ‘70s. But don’t get the wrong idea — this isn’t exactly wild-eyed, Blue Cheer-type territory we’re talking about. Even when Wandscher cranks up to 11 and brings his foot down decisively on the stomp box, it’s still within the carefully arranged context of the band’s sweeping, stately aesthetic, with Sykes gliding gracefully above it all. And it’s really less than half of the album that involves this sort of fuzz-filled fierceness; Marble Son is still dominated by elegant, wistful songs that sound like they were conceived on a mountaintop and set adrift to float in a cloudless sky, dipping down just long enough for listeners to get an earful of the airy delights they offer. And 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. – James Allen

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