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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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Dungen are an excellent psychedelic rock band with influences from indie, progressive rock, and Swedish folk music. Ta Det Lugnt, their finest album, brought them much popularity and acclaim from the indie rock scene. It was recordley soley by Gustav Ejstes and is considering by many a masterpiece. The two albums that followed, while worthwhile, simply do not live up to the peak that was Ta Det Lugnt. The lyrics are all in Swedish but they are sung with such conviction and emotion that it works perfectly.

Dungen make an excellent addition to the Prog Archives becuase they contain the signature elements of prog: jazz and classical influences as well as non-conventional song structures. They would appeal to fans of classical psychedelia and prog folk. They are also very accessible, since their music is packed with great melodies and isn't self idulgent at all.

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StadsvandringarStadsvandringar
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Staubgold Germany 2008
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Ta Det LugntTa Det Lugnt
Kemado 2005
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Tio BitarTio Bitar
Kemado 2007
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Skit I AlltSkit I Allt
Mexican Summer 2010
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DungenDungen
Subliminal Sounds 2005
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Satt Att Se [Vinyl]Satt Att Se [Vinyl]
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Phantom Sound & Vision 2008
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Skit I Allt InstrumentalSkit I Allt Instrumental
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Subliminal Sounds 2011
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  • Sounds of Silence! - Dungen: The Adventures of Prince Achmed on 3 May 2014
  • Sounds of Silence! - Dungen: The Adventures of Prince Achmed on 4 May 2014
  • Emmabodafestivalen on 22 Jul 2014

DUNGEN discography


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3.84 | 7 ratings
Dungen
2001
3.24 | 14 ratings
Stadsvandringar
2002
3.85 | 36 ratings
Ta Det Lugnt
2004
3.81 | 23 ratings
Tio Bitar
2007
4.02 | 27 ratings
4
2008
3.83 | 14 ratings
Skit I Allt
2010

DUNGEN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Solen Stiger Upp
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Stadsvandringar
2002
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Jag Vill Va Som Du
2002
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12 EP
2005
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Panda
2005
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Festival
2006
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Sättt att se
2008

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 Stadsvandringar by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.24 | 14 ratings

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Stadsvandringar
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Knapitatet

3 stars My relation to Dungen is not a very strong one. I first found out about them in High School when they performed their song "Panda" on Late Night With Conan O' Brien, and thought that it had a nice Hendrix/Zeppelin feel and also that it was very interesting that a Swedish band would be so bold as to try and make a career overseas, while singing in their own mother tounge. Later on, while carousing the record store, i found this CD and decided to pick it up although i had never heard it before. I was thinking that if "Panda" was a good example of their sound then it cant be bad, right?

Well, yes and no. According to the band, the reason why they decided to focus on a foreign market was because back in Sweden, they were constantly branded as a "Progg" band. Thats right, "Progg" not "Prog". If you have talked with any Swedish Progheads on this site, then you probably know what that means, but if you dont then here is a short description: "Progg" wich is short for "Proggressiva Musikrörelsen" ("The Progressive Musicmovement") was a musical phenomen in the late 60's and early to mid 70's in Sweden, wich can best be described as a sort of delayed Hippie movement. The original idea was to hold festivals and in other ways promote alternative and uncommercial music, but in the bigger picture it tied in with the general left wing social struggles of that time. The music that the "Progg" bands played was diverse, ranging from Reagge to Pop and yes, even real Progressive Rock! (Samla Mammas Manna was considered to be a part of the "Progg" movement, for example.) However, standard Rock was the most common. If we can return to Dungen for awhile then i must say that i am not surprised that they got that brand from the media atleast at this stage in their career, because this is real "Hippie music"! There aint necessarily anything wrong with that, but this album feels toothless. Reine Fiskes amazing guitar talents are seriously underused, except in the track "Vem Vaktar Lejonen?" ("Who Guards The Lions?") wich has a riff that reminds of the one in the Lenny White song "The Great Pyramid". Awesome, in other words. Unfortunately the 9 tracks before it except for "Fest" ("Party") and "Över Stock Och Sten" ("Over Log and Rock") just dont do it for me. There is way to much Organ, Flute and Violin and too little Guitar for my taste. Gustaf Estjes is a fantastically talented multi-instrumentalist and at the best times the music reminds me of Phish crossed with Jethro Tull, but in the very worst times it reminds me of two bit Indie Rock, wich is a shame when i know that these guys can do better.

The lyrics are also incredibly cheesy with nearly all of them dealing with Summer, Birds, Flowers, Being at one with nature etc, etc. This is something that was fixed on the following album aswell.

This is quite a pleasant little trip, but for the real Psychedelic ROCK album, i recommend the one after this.

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 Stadsvandringar by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.24 | 14 ratings

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Stadsvandringar
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars 4 o clock in the summer morning watching the sunrise.

For some reason this album by the Swedish kings of psychedelic rock revival is rated the lowest on PA. Personally I find it to be a hidden gem in their discography, and while that very well may be down to me understanding the lingo, and the fact that a lot of this album sets scene in a Scandinavian capital filled to the brim with urban delights, flickering sunshine when the summer calls us out to the ocean, and something that a lot of we Northeners share, which is a similar sense of humour and that secret knowledge of what sitting at an empty shoreline at 4 in the morning watching the sky appear in orangy colours - drinking beers, talking about life, people, music and the finer things in life, - what such a thing can bring with it............While that very well may be, I still believe most PA people would dig this big time. I know of at least one American dude who has caught the bug, and inside a time frame of 2 weeks, he'd purchased every album of theirs(here's looking at you Steve).

Anyway back to that bond between us Scandinavians and our mutual adoration of the sparse summer days we get; maybe that is the key to an album that otherwise appears a little too straightforward to the average prog rock dude. I mean 11 cuts, and not a single long piece to scratch that ever so fleeting itch...?! Hold your horses though, because this album absolutely positively smokes! Why? Every song is brilliantly performed, the song writing is inspired, and you do get a lot of different moods wandering freely around a certain psychedelic core, which has always been the centre of attention in Dungen's music. Sure, they sound like they just stepped off the ol Delorian, after having spent the latter half of the sixties jamming together, they zoom straight into a modern studio and deliver the feel, energy and everything passionate and vibrant from the age of beards, - but what's not to like about that image?

While many of the tracks in fact are featured on their debut album, all of it seems new and infinitely more 'together' - at least sound wise. The production skills went up a notch, but only to the point of now being better able to distinguish the instruments from each other, and a certain bigness to some of the arrangements that include windswept flute journeys riding on top of some of the most alluring balladry psych music known to mankind - taking this listener back to Caravan's Love Song With Flute and KC's classic I Talk to the Wind. Beautiful................. Speaking of those two cuts, then imagine the feel and vibe of the production, and then transport it into a psychedelic rock n folk band that oozes early urban summer vibes.

Summer is pretty close to being omnipresent in Dungen's lyrics and music. The freedom it brings - the light - the way it opens up the city, makes it blossom with thousands of people who look like they've been waiting for the occasion for years on end. The feel of wandering through the streets bathed in sunlight or perhaps sitting by the stillness of the lake wearing only a pair of jeans - with the wind softly sipping through your hair.

There are many high points on Stadsvandringar(city wanderings), and I particularly dig the obvious sing-a-long song Har Du Vart' I Stockholm, that also includes some rather beautiful and airy synths at the tail end of the chorus................... I love the rocking groove of Över Stock och Sten, which quite aptly translates into over stock and stone........................ I love the earthiness and timbre of Fredrik Björling's fantastic rumbling drumming,................ I love the breezy character of Ejste's early morning vocals that sound like yearning and care-freeness all at once.

Hang on - what about the sitars, the gentle congas and that genuine Rickenbacker bass sound that tears up trees from the ground by their roots? What about Reine Fiske, - a man I personally consider to be one of the finest guitarists of the past two decades? This guy is remarkable, and as I've said so many a times, I really do consider him to be the perfect splicing of Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour - only with a soul of his own - one that fumbles around in folk, strange atmospheric post rock gestures, a slide technique that truly sounds like shooting stars in olive oil. Lastly you get the genius of his wild spiralling solos, that on Stadsvandringar do tend to be short and somewhat restrained. Even so, when he breaks loose from the foundation of things, he can bring down buildings and woo women like there was no tomorrow.

I can't choose which part of the equation I like the best actually....

If you enjoy the sounds of the late sixties, early 70s, and feel comfortable enough with your manhood, back yard and former council man - to try out other spoken languages than the English, then you should track down a Dungen album as soon as possible. Many have tried to re-erect the greatness and pomp of the classic psychedelic rock explosion, and many have failed because of misconceptions about what constitutes warm and vibrant sound production, - yet with Dungen everything seems to have come together beautifully.

This album lacks some of the soon to come fusion bridges, Dungen would implement in their music the subsequent years(and actually still do), but the raw emotive power of the playing here trumps any need for those in my honest opinion. As much as I love that aspect of latter day Dungen, I feel it'd be unnecessary for this one. There's a charm, a smile and a certain twinkle in it's eye, - something that makes it one of my personal faves from the band.

Take this one with you down to the beach and experience the soundtrack of summer. 4.5 stars.

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 4 by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 27 ratings

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4
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

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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 Ta Det Lugnt by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.85 | 36 ratings

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Ta Det Lugnt
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars The Swedish psychedelic rockers, Dungen, really go back to the 1960s' roots of psychedelia with this music--especially the more aggressive BEATLES/ANIMALS-type of music. As always, guitarist REINE FISKE is brilliant throughout: aggressive more than usual (Go Jimi, Jr.!) yet subtle and beautiful when that, too, is called for. One thing I really love about Dungen albums is that they sing in their own native Swedish. I wish more prog groups would do this.

Not my favorite Dungen album, but then, there are so many great ones. Still, this is a good one. Very good.

Album highlights: "Det Du T'nker Idag 'r Du I Morgon" (3:58) (9/10); the HENDRIX-like "Bortgl'md" (4:27) (9/10); the BEATLES-like melodic "Lipsill" (2:45) (8/10); the trippy, keyboard laden "Om Du Vore Vakthund" (3:02) (9/10); more HENDRIX in "Sluta F'lja Efter" (4:52) (8/10), and; the LIGHTHOUSE "One Fine Morning"-like, "Sjutton" (2:50) (9/10).

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 Dungen by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2001
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Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The Swedish outfit's first, best and most overtly psychedelic release, this self-titled effort was originally issued in 1999 on vinyl only and in a (very) limited run of just 500 units. A surprise underground success throughout Scandanavia and mainland Europe - and then belatedly in the USA - original copies quickly became much sought-after collectors item for vinyl-junkies and psych-freaks before the album was finally reissued in CD format in 2005, six months after the release of the group's fourth album 'Ta De Lugnt'. Happily enough, however, it was well worth the wait. Featuring a hazy, ethnic-tinged retro-psych sound fused with engaging pop melodies and deeply-cosmic instrumental meanderings, 'Dungen' pulls of the remarkable trick of sounding authentically old-school, like some lost soundtrack to a late-sixties exploitation flick that never was. Unlike the original album though, 'Dungen' the CD reissue condenses and remixes the music into three lengthy pieces(the original album featured eight tracks) each buzzing around the twenty-minute mark and each blending effortlessly into the next and therefore giving the impression that there is in fact just one, epic track making up the album. With it's vibrant mixture of jangly guitars, soaring flute runs, skittering percussion, flipped- out electro passages and haunting female vocals, opener 'Stadsvandringar' is a perfect example of Dungen's gloriously psychedelic sound, especially in the serene mid-section of twittering birdsong, grinding organs and misty soundscapes that brings to mind the haunting mid-section of the Pink Floyd track 'Dogs' from the English quartet's 1977 album 'Animals'. Even mellower and beginning with a haunting medley of glistening keyboards, follow-up piece 'Midsommarbongen' takes the listener into even deeper psych-scape territory, jumping head- first into a jazzy, sitar-drenched jam, before the album's final epic 'Lilla Vaennen' finds yet more spectral acid- rock rhythms bubbling away underneath an array of mystical flutes and delicately-cooked raindrops of late-night keyboards. Unlike later albums, which pursued a more Beach Boys-inspired psych-pop direction, 'Dungen' is, simply put, the full psychedelic experience. Topped off with a contemporary gloss, this is a wonderful slice of deeply mystical cosmic rock that should more than delight fans of late-sixties psychedelia.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 4 by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 27 ratings

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4
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

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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 Skit I Allt by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.83 | 14 ratings

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Skit I Allt
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Bringing it all back home

Over the years I´ve heard a lot of old school rockers talking about how precious and unique the sound was, back when the guys had long hair and took up knitting for fun, and what a pity it is that music just doesn´t sound like that any more. Well all I can say to you folks is, that you haven´t been looking in the right places, because this Swedish band have been making that kind of music ever since they hit the stage in 2001 with their wonderful debut album.

Dungen are a psychedelic folk rock band completely lost in the wrong decade, and how I just love em´! Sometimes I get very tired of the "prog" vs "progressive" discussions, and how we aren´t listening to one or the other because it isn´t one of either... Well just call me a stupid sucker that listens to music that makes me live to the fullest, smile, dance, juggle, woo women, eat fish and go snorkel diving in the Danish desert. Music should be whatever you want it to be, but don´t, whatever you do, slap stickers on the poor thing just so you can make a better fit for it in whatever black box.

This music simply feels free. An overwhelming feel of letting yourself go, taking a day off - opening the jail-cell doors for the first time in a decade - releasing a soft and magical phoenix of joy. I dare anyone to listen to Dungen without feeling happy. Even though the music also brings forth moments of melancholy, often through the flute or the occasional female backing vocals, the emphasis on freedom and that specific time in space once so long ago, where people walked around with flowers, and it meant something without being silly - yeah that is what´s going down here. Adding to these rather nostalgic images are the usage of hand claps, wah wah pedals, soaring vocal harmonies alongside some beautiful flute sections, which in the end will have you transported back to a field in Haight Ashbury - looking at topless chicks and people with stark black eyes.

Gustav Ejstes´ voice is something of a Dungen trademark. The somewhat ethereal aspect of this band oozes through in Gustav´s vocalizations and into the other guys, and makes both the guitars, piano and flute work sound breezy and fluid like they were melting upwards like butter with wings. Ejstes has a highly original way of wrapping his lips around the words. He sounds so lazy and smooth at the same time. He adds a distinct lazy afternoon charisma to the overall sound, as well as giving the band a slight jazzy touch - one that works so well within the multitude of different styles on offer here. Playing a mean piano as well, I honestly think the notes from said instrument slowly and quite spontaneously over the years have seeped into his vocals, because what he really sounds like, when I close my eyes, is the light minor chords of a piano.

There´s no getting around him and why should I, as Reine Fiske without a doubt is my current favourite guitarist. I love his playing like I love sunlight. He sounds like the perfect combination of David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix, and to me personally - praise just doesn´t get any higher than that. In Dungen he operates on many different levels. Playing sluggish rhythm sections with a careless attachment to the riffing that opens up the music and cuts of the rough edges. I think much of modern rock music revolves around clockwork timers, and what that really does, is adding an anodyne and clinical coating to something that´s supposed to be heartfelt and warm. Fiske is all over the place in whatever he does, and that seeps into the drums. Thankfully I say! Again, this is part of what makes this band so freaking fantastic! The feel is naive and not because they couldn´t be bothered to do the 5th take to get everything in check and all lined up to the nearest millimetre, but because they purposely seek that in the music, - and when Fiske whips out his guitar in full attack mode, the mountains fall down and everything stands on end. Talk about goosebumps city! A brilliant little instrumental track from this album, which will perfectly explain what I´m raving about, is Högdalstoppen. It consists of a beautiful piano driven melody that reinforces itself with the earthiness of the bass and loosely played drums - catapulting itself over that Högdalstop with a ferocious and firebreathing guitar solo wobbling through the music. Everything that Dungen stands for is right here in this track.

Skit I Allt is Dungen´s 6th and most recent album, and I can´t think of anything remotely offensive to say about it. In fact I would have a hard time saying that about any of the preceding ones as well. Maybe that´s because I am a big fan and drool uncontrollably every time I get within 2 feet of their records, but I´d like to think that these guys in some magical and forbidden way, have created a modern day counterpart to some of the biggest artists of the 60s. It is very rare that I fall head over heels for both the song writing and the psychedelic nature of the music, because very oftenly those 2 factors have a tendency to weed out each other, but just as The Beatles and The Pretty Things were able to bring these elements together in an elegant and impeccable way - Dungen now have safely brought back the dormant spark and lit up the long and winding road - once lit by stars that everyone could spot in a jiffy.

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 4 by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 27 ratings

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4
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak

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, I am going to try to start my review process. Though Tio Bitar is in-your- face amazing, I am, in truth, a lover of more pacific, melodic, beautiful music--even within prog world. Thus, I am here to report that this album "4"--their fourth studio album--is my favorite. It is the one I play the most, the one I play start to finish, the one I find humming along with throughout and at least half a dozen melodies long after the speakers have gone quite. It is a masterpiece of retro-reverent prog music--one which not only masterfully gathers and uses an incredible array of sounds that were new to bands of the 60s & 70s, but uses them in a way that has, IMHO, produced music FAR suprassing that of its predecessors. Perhaps if the psychedelia bands of the 60s and early 70s were still producing (that type of) music, they might attain the heights of DUNGEN (and THE AMAZING). But, I doubt it. Difference: They wouldn't have Reine Fiske. Or the outstanding rhythm section that is bassist Mattias Gustavsson and drummer Johan Holmegard. NOr would they have the creative drive and multi-instrumental talents of Gustav Ejstes. This album is so good that I'm not even going to rate the individual songs as all but two earn 5 stars in my book. Listen to this band! Start with this album if you need a softer, more melodic starting place--or go right to Tio BItar if you're ready for the mind-blowing renaissance of Hendrixness.

Essential. Absolutely essential . . . to the future of progressive music.

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 Tio Bitar by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.81 | 23 ratings

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Tio Bitar
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Prog Sothoth
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Here is something you don't hear too often these days, a proggish Swedish band singing in their mother tongue. Another thing not often heard is a band successfully exploring a long bygone era to the point where it transscends homage into the impression of a group of performers frozen for forty years and then finally thawed and ready to rock out while being blown away by cool gadgets like cellphones. The way Dungen achieves this level of integrity is through multiple elements, not just through songwriting and the usage of vintage sounds, but also in the overall production, possessing a garage-like quality that screams late 1968-1969. It also should be noted that these songs are catchy and memorable as well.

The album opens with Reine Fiske unleashing a torrent of LSD-drenched guitar heroics in an intro that's as ballsy as it is psychedelic. The band not only shows off its chops early, but also its diversity, as melodic flute passages creep into the mix, and the followup track, Familj, is a gorgeous slice of folkish trippy pop. The album proceeds to mix things up from track to track without sacrificing any signature sound, the vocals definately evoke a melodic tone similar to the Marty Balin with a bit of Jerry Garcia sort of vibe, and the drums are busy with lots of cymbal crashes and a production that gives the playing a live one-track feel. The album itself isn't recorded in mono, but it feels that way at times, which is not a bad thing in this case.

There's some extended jamming here and there, but not too often, as this album feels a bit more song-oriented as opposed to their previous album, which felt more like a journey, but less structured. The band is quite talented, and can pull off jamming or pumping out melodic tight compositions with ease, and I find this album to be possibly their strongest effort. There's been some comparing this group to the current alternative rock scene, but I find this album distances itself from that genre by fully embracing not just the sounds of the late 60s, but the overall groove. If that doesn't make much sense to you, then just take the bong and enjoy the heavy bass that kicks in after a minute & a half or so during Så blev det bestämt and you'll understand.

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 4 by DUNGEN album cover Studio Album, 2008
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4
Dungen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tom Ozric
Prog Reviewer

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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