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4.03 | 26 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sätt Att Se (4:45)
2. Mälerås Finest (2:22)
3. Det Tar Tid (4:16)
4. Samtidigt 1 (3:15)
5. Ingenting Är Sig Likt (2:59)
6. Fredag (4:20)
7. Finns Det Någon Möjlighet (3:55)
8. Mina Damer Och Fasaner (3:43)
9. Samtidigt 2 (4:39)
10. Bandhagen (3:23)

Total Time: 37:30

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Line-up / Musicians

- Reine Fiske / guitar, bass
- Mattias Gustavsson / bass
- Johan Holmegard / drums, percussion
- Gustav Ejstes / piano, organ, flute, strings, percussion, vocals

Releases information

LP Subliminal Sounds (2008 Sweden)
CD Kemado Records (2008 US)

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DUNGEN 4 ratings distribution


4.03
(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(65%)
65%
Good, but non-essential (15%)
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Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
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Review by Tom Ozric
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4 stars Hmm, over 4 on the Prog scale here - 7 ratings, no review........Swedish Psych-Proggers DUNGEN are the brainchild of one Gustav Ejstes - composer, vocalist and multi- instrumentalist. On board he has a fine selection of talents, including Reine Fiske on guitar whose credentials read from LANDBERK, MORTE MACABRE and PAATOS, all fantastic bands which benefitted from his prescence. The rhythm section of Mattias Gustavsson (Bass) and Johan Holmegard (Drums/Perc.) supplies a vibrant, solid and exciting back-bone on several of the compositions here but it's mainly Ejstes & Fiske's show. All songs fall under 5 minutes, but to be honest, they need not be longer. The sound is unique ; quite raw - yet clean, retro - yet modern, and the structures of the tracks are never eleborated or expanded beyond the service of the songs, many which feature quite catchy melodies and range from the heavier end to light and airy. Ejstes' vocals are in Swedish and he owns a great voice and contributes effective piano and organ touches here and there. Many instrumentals appear sporadically throughout, almost sounding like excerpts from longer work-outs, and they mainly show-case Fiske's 'refined wrecklessness' with his guitar, all blisteringly performed and impressive as always, and backed with fine bass and percussive work. 'Samtidigt 2' is one of the best jams I've heard in quite some time. 4.5 stars for this choice, fifth outing by the boys, called '4'.

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Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Interesting that my review follows Tom Ozric's because he's the one who moved me to purchase this album. It's not that i'm unfamiliar with this Swedish band it's just that I was pretty content with the 4 records by them I already own. Well Tom was right about how good this one is, in fact it's now in my top three from them and follows only the debut which is still my favourite.

"Satt Att Se" opens with Reine creating a lot of fuzz with his guitar as the vocals come in followed by strings and more. This is very psychedelic. Excellent stuff. "Maleras Finest" is more of the same really only this is an instrumental. This is all so good then we get "Det Tar Tid" with more fuzzed out guitars as the vocals join in. I really like when the piano arrives. A beautiful song.

"Samtidgt 1" is where they crank it up several notches with some wicked guitar and a heavier sound. "Ingenting Ar Sig Likt" is dreamy with some guest female vocals from Anna Jarvinen. "Fredag" sounds great when the drums come in. "Finns Det Nagon Mojlighet" opens with some abrasive distortion then a catchy beat with vocals takes over. "Mina Damer Och Fasaner" has piano and a heavy beat followed by vocals. Some nice flute and piano as well more vocals from Anna. "Samtidigt 2" is another dreamy number and I love the guitar. "Bandhagen" is a relaxed song with piano, flute, organ and percussion.

A solid 4 stars maybe even closer to 4 .5 stars.

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Posted Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review by HolyMoly
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4 stars Two months ago, I purchased this album, not having heard a note of the band's music, just based on recommendations here at PA. Within a week I had all six of their albums, and although it's only late February, it's probably a safe guess that this band will be my greatest new discovery for 2013 (5 years after the release of this album, but better late then never, right?). Possibly because this album was "first" for me, it still remains the benchmark by which I evaluate their other work, and even after dozens of listens (including a self-imposed month of NOT listening to it, in order to not wear out its welcome), the magic of this album has not diminished a bit for me.

"Dungen 4" is actually the band's fifth album; though I believe one of the earlier albums may officially be an archival, post-hoc release of early material. No matter: this is Dungen reaching an apex of creativity. Having mastered the art of creating a warm, direct-from-1968 psychedelic sound on his first couple of releases, Gustav Ejstes eventually formed a stable band lineup by the time of the third album (the breakthrough "Ta Det Lugnt"), and then this band proceeded to add layers of subtlety and ornate arrangement into the pieces, even as the pieces became shorter and more succinct. This mature approach is epitomized on this album, which includes ten short songs totaling less than 40 minutes, yet most of these songs contain even more musical content than the seven minute monsters they were churning out just a couple of years prior.

The opening track, "Sätt Att Se", kicks off the album in much the same way that "Airbag" kicked off Radioheads "OK Computer" album: a thick haze of sound framing a moody piano ballad, with strings and piano providing the jazzy harmonics, bass and drums maintaining a quiet but steady pulse, and Reine Fiske's lead guitar creating the kind of palpable texture that only Fiske can provide (see his multitude of other projects for elaboration on this). "Målerås Finest" is next, taking things to an even more poignant level, Ejstes' piano taking the lead on an instrumental, for a sad, simple melody. Track 3 "Det Tar Tid" follows, picking up the pace just a little - the big WOW factor on this track is achieved from the close vocal harmonies, pushing this complex little miniature to ecstatic heights. "Samtidigt 1" is the first of two excerpts from an improvised guitar jam included on this album, and it pumps up the rock quotient considerably and gives Reine Fiske a chance in the spotlight with full-on squalor (the full 15 minute "Samtidigt" from which the two excerpts was taken was also released as an EP in its own right - well worth seeking out). "Imgenting Ar Sig Likt" (track 5) closes the first half of the album in a relatively unremarkable way - this kind of unmemorable atmospheric piece seems to be precisely the kind of tune that Dungen is usually so adept at avoiding; still, it's at least pleasant if a bit uneventful.

The second half of the album begins with the only other track on the album that doesn't WOW me, the instrumental "Fredag". Unlike the prior song, plenty of drama occurs in this piece; however, the main melody introduced by Fiske's echoed slide guitar just sounds a little too close to Morris Albert's "Feelings" for comfort ("Feelings... nothing more than Feelings..." augghh!). Still, not a deal breaker by any means. And the closing four tracks which follow meet or exceed the high level of quality set in the first few tracks. "Finns Det Någon Möjlighet" (track 7) and "Mina Damer Och Fasaner" (track 8) bring back the spine chilling vocal harmonies, compelling yet complex melodic themes, and thickly baroque instrumental arrangements. "Samtidigt 2" comes next, the second excerpt from the aforementioned guitar jam, this time occupying a surprisingly Santana/Allman Brothers-like territory. "Bandhagen" closes the album with a simple, piano-led (with Mellotron and celeste providing counterpoint) instrumental that seems like a more optimistic take on the sad piano piece from Track 2. A very appropriately understated ending to an album which never tries to overwhelm the listener, but rather aims to give the listener a rich, nutritious tray of musical hors d'oerves with a full array of flavors that satisfies, but doesn't fill you up. Hmm, it must be getting near lunch time.

I'll give this a very high 4. The album sags just a wee bit in the middle, but apart from a couple of less than stellar tracks, the other eight tracks have some of the most richly accomplished and ear-pleasing music I've heard in recent years. How Swede it is!

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Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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5 stars Having recently realized what a genius REINE FISKE is, I've been trying to backtrack through anything and everything he's touched in the past 20 years. (LANDBERK, MORT MACABRE, PÄATOS, THE AMAZING, DUNGEN--are there more? If so, please let me know!!) Having now been through the Dungen catalogue, ... (read more)

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