The Dream Syndicate: Ultraviolet Battle Hymns (2022)
Following 2020's trippy and jam-oriented Universe Inside, with its 5 extended jams over the course of an hour, Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions--the unwieldy full title--returns to a more manageable, song-oriented format. There's a pretty even split between upbeat rockers (the catchy romp "Trying To Get Over," garage-rocking "Straight Lines," and the almost poppy "Every Time You Come Around") and the more ambient, psychedelic, Krautrock-tinged grooves, while opener "Where I'll Stand" finds a cozy middle ground. As with the other post-reunion efforts, the album is sonically rich and varied, drawing from the Yo La Tengo playbook, a feast of dense guitars bathed in reverb.
Great stuff, looking forward to delving in deeper this weekend. Buy it on Bandcamp.
Here's "Where I'll Stand":...and an audio rip of "Trying To Get Over":