Monday, February 05, 2007

In House #1800: New Release From Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter

Tomorrow marks the return of sultry-voiced singer-songwriter Jesse Sykes and her band, The Sweet Hereafter. Like, Love, Lust, & the Open Halls of the Soul is the cinematically-titled third album from the band, out once again amid Barsuk's largely indie-pop-flavored roster. Sykes' smoky vocals, as usual, take first-billing here, as her Grace Slick meets Chan Marshall tones seem tailor-made for the noirish vibe that tends to permeate her releases. Songs like "Spectral Beings," and "Hard Not to Believe," are haunting slow burners, while surprises come in the form of sun-bathed psych-pop number "I Like the Sound," and de facto title track "LLL," the latter of which brings a guitar crunch worthy of some of Crazy Horse's finer moments. A set of unlikely names guest, including producer Tucker Martine, Swedish tunesmith Nicolai Dunger, pianist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter Dave Carter, and violinist Eyvind Kang, among others, helping the band to a more fleshed out, varied sound. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter began a month long tour with Sparklehorse this past weekend in Austin, Texas.

In House #1800.
Airdate: 2/05/07
Focus: New release out tomorrow from Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Like, Love, Lust, & the Open Halls of the Soul, plus new music from Bright Eyes, Willy Mason, Lee Hazlewood, and more.

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, from Like, Love, Lust...:
  • "LLL" (MP3)

    Bright Eyes, from Four Winds EP (due 3/6):
  • "Tourist Trap" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #251

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