NEW MUSIC: THE DREAM SYNDICATE - THESE TIMES
03 May 2019
Happy Release Day to The Dream Syndicate!
WHAT THEY SAY:
“Their new album provides evidence of a hungry, vital band that is at peace with its reputation but eager to move forward.” –PopMatters
“Inspired by the visionary sonic experimentation of J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’, and the current dumpster fire of American politics for lyrics, ‘These Times’ is an alternately moody and spirited pastiche of influences spanning decades and genres, a timely representation of communal fears and hopes and an unexpected turn from a band 30 years in.” - Uncut
Los Angeles’s The Dream Syndicate is thrilled to release These Times today, their second album of new music since their 2012 reunion nearly thirty years after they first influenced California’s Paisely Underground scene. If 2017’s How Did I Find Myself Here was a 10 pm record, all swagger and cathartic explosion, then These Times is the 2 am sibling, moodier and more mercurial with the band acting as DJs of their own overnight radio station as the listener drifts off into dreams and wonders the next morning if any of it was real.
“When I was writing the songs for the new album I was pretty obsessed with Donuts by J-Dilla,” lead singer and songwriter Steve Wynn explained. “I loved the way that he approached record making as a DJ, a crate-digger, a music fan wanting to lay out all of his favorite music, twist and turn the results until he made them into his own. I was messing around with step sequencers, drum machines, loops—anything to take me out of my usual way of writing and try to feel as though I was working on a compilation rather than ‘more of the same’. You might not automatically put The Dream Syndicate and J-Dilla in the same sentence, but I hear that album when I hear our new one.”