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In Music, Swede=Sweet

You should have heard of Dungen by now. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on one of the hardest rocking bands of our time, and are advised to immediately check out their entire catalogue. Their latest release, simply entitled 4, first hits the eyes with the type of geometric psychedelic design the band favors. Looking good. As with the rest of the Dungen catalogue, 4 is sung entirely in Swedish, and this is a good thing- they could be singing about anything and it would sound cool. The album opens well, with the atmospheric “Satt Att Se,” boasting guitars that are coated with warm, thick, fuzz, and a very interesting violin line behind the vocals. Things become even more orchestral on the instrumental second track, which reminded me of “Peaches en Regalia” with its melodic drum fills. The flow is smooth into “Det Tar Tid.” But the true heaviness hits with “Samtidigt 1,” a glorious, messy barrage of dirty guitar rock that could be straight from the late sixties/ early seventies. You don’t hear stuff like this anymore.

Other highlights include the interesting tones of “Fredag,” different sound of “Mina Damer Och Fasaner,” which has an Eastern-tinged feel.

It should be noted that 4 is dominated by its instrumental side (half the songs lack lyrics), which may put off fans of Dungen’s more pop-sounding material. The album doesn’t really have a standout track like “Panda” from Ta Det Lugnt, but as a whole it works together quite well, and is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys psychedelia, prog-rock, or simply rockin’ out to some good old-school music. 

Tyler Nelson

November 6th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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