For Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, the long awaited follow up to their 2007 release Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul, is satisfied with new album, Marble Son, self recorded by Sykes and bandmate Phil Wandscher in Seattle on Paris label, Fargo Records.

Marble Son sees a darker, foreboding take on their often characterised ‘alt-country/folk’. Of the record, Sykes explains: ‘[Marble Son is] a sonic mirror of the most chaotic, turbulent times of our lives, where beauty triumphed, and the tears that spilled became this record... We have never been closer to sounding like the sweet hereafter than with what we have created here’.

‘Hushed By Devotion’, the 8 minute opener is an instrumental swelling of gargantuan proportion, flecked with haunting vocal murmuring, led by a trance inducing display of Wandscher’s truly great guitar talent. The attention is grabbed from the offset and we are taken on a journey of sorrow and avant garde psychedelia with the stand out tracks ‘Marble Son’, ‘Ceiling’s High’ and ‘Weight of Cancer’

Marble Son is country-noir at it’s best, dipped in sepia tones, and licked with caramel-like guitar solos.