Wednesday, March 6, 2019

“Black Light” by The Dream Syndicate – A Song Review

     While a keyboard establishes and consistently maintains a sensation of momentum, other elements of “Black Light” hover over the movement. There’s an intelligence to contrasting that momentum against guitars that are licensed to purposefully meander. The contrast is best appreciated starting at the 2:10 mark of the single from The Dream Syndicate.

     “Black Light” is simultaneously dark and empowering, since the determination in the vocals conveys an awareness of the circumstances around the gloomy underworld revealed by the black light. The lyrics are described as “a mirror of the dread, panic, mania, speculation, melancholy and ultimately shrugging abandonment that just might follow. It’s just all about where we are.”

     The Dream Syndicate is based in LA. Its members are Steve Wynn (guitar, vocals), Dennis Duck (drums), Mark Walton (bass), and Jason Victor (guitar). Quoting press content:
  “There are two phases of The Dream Syndicate. There was the band with revolving lineups that existed from 1982 to 1988 and made four albums including “The Days of Wine and Roses” and “Medicine Show… And then there’s the band that reunited in 2012 and is closing in on its seventh year, longer than the run of Phase One, with nary a lineup change. This 21st Century version of the Dream Syndicate released “How Did I Find Myself Here” in 2017 to universal acclaim, no small feat for a band reuniting after almost three decades.”

     “Black Light” will be on the album “These Times,” which is scheduled for release on May 3, 2019.

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