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Dungen
Skit I Allt - Kemado
FILTER Grade: 83%

By Jonathan Pruett on September 2, 2010

 

Dungen

It’s not even 30 seconds into the new record from Sweden’s Dungen when a flute melody pipes in—for some, this could be a deal-breaker, for the rest, it’s a welcoming return to greatness. Over the course of over half a dozen albums in the past decade, the band has created its own sub-sect of psychedelic rock music. Fusing the fuzzy, melodic, and rhythm-driven sounds of early progressive rock records (before the overt noodling) with a harmony-rich sound akin to a band like Teenage Fanclub, Dungen’s sound is equal parts pastoral and wildly raucous. Skit I Allt digs deeper into these patchworks with an ear of layered precision that would make even J. Dilla proud. And with the bent-notes, twin lead guitars and cowbell of the title track and “Hogdalstoppen,” the album is something of a space epic that could have been composed by a wizard…or someone sitting on a toadstool.

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