Dungen haven’t released an album in five years: all the more reason to be excited by the release of the quartet’s latest, Allas Sak. Bright psychedelic pop is the order of the day, though frontman Gustav Ejstes young love for hip-hop certainly shows up in the groove this record has. Nice to hear Swedish lyrics too! On Smalltown Supersound.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 September 2015
Robin can’t be given all the psych - it's just not fair. I remember Dungen from their Third Man 7” where on the sleeve they look utterly ridiculous….but behind that ridiculous facade there is good pop to be had.
They sing in their native Swedish so don’t go round expecting to know what they are talking about (unless you are Swedish too) but like the Super Furry Animals Welsh Language albums it doesn’t really affect things. If you like wandering proggy psych there’s fun within for you. Thing is, you are going to have to like flutes….and drums that make Ringo Starr sound like Klaus Dinger. Literally everything is a preposterous fill - both instruments are a bit much at times - especially that fluttery flute. The album reminds me of some kind of cross between the Canterbury folk/prog bands, Jethro Tull and the aforementioned Super Furry Animals. It’s basically pastoral dreamy psych.
I was reading an article the other day questioning why the Moody Blues aren’t mentioned when discussing modern psych pop - well ‘Em Gang Om Aret’ is so Moody Blues it might as well have swirling blond hair and a moustache. Really nice in parts -- lots of soft keys and mellotrons -- ‘Akt Dit’ being a highlight with it’s softly undulating melodies. You are going to have to invest time in it.
8/10 RnR Central Customer review, 14th October 2015
If you like Dungen you will like this. Never heard of Dungen? Swedish and sings in Swedish - you may not understand it, but Swedish sounds fairly melodic. After all, it could be in Danish or Finnish or Dutch. Apologies to all concerned. I could not help being reminded of Alice Coltrane; it's a bit psych, a bit jazzy. I really liked it and would encourage you to give Dungen a go. Regularly gets name checked by musos, but unfortunately I cannot remember any. Well, this is my first attempt at a Normans review, so Phil should give me the prize to encourage me further (or not).
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