Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, ‘Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul’ (Barsuk)

“Those were happy times,” Jesse Sykes exhales frostily over tremulous spy-movie guitar, but her lyrical interest in clouds, ghosts, and broken branches raises some doubts. Regardless, the riveting porch noir of the Sweet Hereafter is her ticket to heaven. If 2004’s Oh, My Girl sounded like Portishead holed up in a silo, Like, Love, Lust takes over the whole barn, wheeling out Farfisa, handclaps, cello, horns, and what sounds like the piano part from “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

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