Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, ‘Marble Son’ (Station Grey)
Alternative country, hell. Singer Jesse Sykes’ fourth album with guitarist Phil Wandscher is more like alternative universe, a sprawling psych-rock vision that evokes the unsettling moment when you wake up from a half-remembered fever dream. Wandscher (an original member of Whiskeytown) drives the ship with riffage ranging from gently atmospheric to snarling quasi-metallic. Still, it’s Sykes’ voice that impresses. “It’s hard to love, harder not to love,” she murmurs on “Servant of Your Vision,” sounding like a less-ravagedMarianne Faithfull — but she’s getting there.