on 31 May 2011
Jesse Sykes & her mates in The Sweet Hereafter have created a beautiful hybrid in their Pacific Northwest greenhouse studio. Fans of "Oh My Girl" - one of my all-time favorite discs - will not be disappointed. The dusky jewel that is Sykes' voice still glitters through the arrangements, although now its setting has been expanded to include much more from her band. Echoes of "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" Neil Young, have been crossed with Sunn O))), and lotsa good ol' country and beguiling harmonies to produce a magical recording that just gets better with each listen. It perfectly reflects the environment in which it was created - lush, watery, shadow-dappled, deeply affecting.