Gentleness of Nothing (EP)
Released: May 2008
This is only an EP, but it unfolds with all the Broadway grandeur of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Sykes' vision is unique: fuse freak folk, alt country, dream pop and Spirit-inspired acid rock into a version of Americana that's more rock opera than rustic clapboard cabin. The wraith's voice bleeds dark matter, while the Sweet Hereafter breathe, swell, wail and dissolve. "The Summertime" is the easy-grasp pop hit, but if you crave something more intense, dig into the nine-minute title track.