Song of the Day: "Familj," Dungen

Swedish psychedelia that sounds good for sounding old.


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Salon Staff
May 3, 2007 11:01AM (UTC)

Gustav Estjes' freewheeling Swedish rock outfit Dungen threw a whole lot of tastemakers into a tizzy with 2004's "Ta Det Lungt," a dizzying panorama of fuzz guitar, blissful acoustic sounds and surprisingly tolerable jazz flute excursions. In all the right ways, the album sounded like it'd been buried since 1971.

With its swirling guitar, layered vocals and, yes, jazz flute, "Familj," from the band's upcoming album "Tio Bitar," finds Estjes and Co. sounding as awesomely anachronistic as ever -- think the Who mixed with early Pink Floyd and a generous dose of Scandinavian folk music. Oh, and Estjes sings entirely in Swedish. As that all suggests, this isn't the most accessible rock music around, but if you let yourself get lost in the trippy, otherworldly vibe and pretend, like I do, that Swedish is actually Elvish, I think you'll enjoy it.

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-- David Marchese

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