Dungen — Live (March 13, 2020)
■ Ti, kteří měli to štěstí, že chytili Dungen naživo prostředí, si jsou vědomi transformačních zážitků v obchodě, jak spojují jemnou a ohnivou tapisérii písně. Nové album Dungen Live je zlatým, zářivým vláknem, které je drží pohromadě. Dlouholetá švédská skupina, jejíž nostalgický zvuk zahrnuje free jazz, jejich krajinný folk a instrumentální ambientní atmosféru, až do expanzivního psychedelického rocku.
■ Live is Dungen in their own land, saving up stunning solos and fiery interplay for their home team, elements of their farthest~out and most inspired moments assembled into one piece of continuous music by producer Matthias Glavå.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo~Psychedelia, Original Score, Soundtrack
Album release: March 13, 2020
Record Label: Mexican Summer, Smalltown Supersound
01. A1 1:32
02. A2 1:34
03. A3 3:06
04. A4 7:46
05. Ain’t So Hard To Do 2:42
06. A6 1:51
07. A7 2:19
08. B1 5:49
09. B2 0:56
10. B3 4:56
11. B4 4:21
12. B5 2:03
13. B6 2:55
■ Dungen Live is available now to order on Vinyl and Digital Formats. A limited silver vinyl edition of 300 will be available exclusively at independent record stores in the US.
■ Gustav Ejstes — Flute, Piano, Guitar, Organ, and Percussion
■ Reine Fiske — Guitar and Mellotron
■ Mattias Gustavsson — Bass
■ Johan Holmegard — Drums and Percussion
■ Jonas Kullhammar — Saxophone and Flute
■ Licensed to Mexican Summer by Kungsten Records.
■ All songs performed by Dungen and compiled by Mattias Glavå.
■ “A1” interpolates a melody from “English House” by Fleet Foxes, and appears courtesy of Robin Pecknold / Foxes Fellowship / Kobalt Music Publishing.
■ “Ain’t So Hard To Do” written by Doug Jerebine and appears courtesy of artist.
■ Recorded live from performances at Stora Teatern (Göteborg, Sweden), November 13, 2015 and Victoriateatern Malmö (Malmö, Sweden), November 20/21, 2015, direct to 2” 16T Ampex MM1200.
■ Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Mattias Glavå in Kungsten Studios (Göteborg, Sweden).
■ Assistant engineered by Bertil Karlsson, Tom Larsson, Håkan Bengtsson, and Henrik Henriksson.
■ Front cover art by Anna Bjerger.
■ Photography by Samuel Peterson.
■ Layout by Bailey Elder.
■ All tracks published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia (STIM) and copyright control (STIM) Reine Fiske, Mattias Glavå, Mattias Gustavsson, Johan Holmegard, except “Ain’t So Hard To Do” published by Imperial / Native Tongue Music Publishing (APRA).
■ © + ℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC. All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting is strictly prohibited.
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra; Score: ★★★½
■ Recorded during the end of 2015 at a couple different Swedish concerts, Dungen’s first live album is a ripping example of their prowess both as individual musicians and as a cohesive unit. The album is totally instrumental and it flows from short song fragments to extended expansive pieces in dynamic waves of psychedelic sound. The guitars as played mainly by Reine Fiske (mainly) and band leader Gustav Ejstes are massive when they are cranked up, riffing and soloing like large birds in flight. The other instrument to take the lead is saxophone, with Jonas Kullhamer doing his best Pharoah Sanders at crucial points throughout. Ejstes and he also add some flute to the mix, and the former does very nifty things with keyboards (piano, organ and mellotron) throughout.
■ Holding down the bottom like they were trying to keep a tent from blowing away on a tornado are bassist Mattias Gustavsson and drummer Johan Holmegard. They both deserve hazard pay from dodging the flaming shards of guitar and clamorous horn blasts. Looking at all the disparate elements, it might seem like there was a good chance this would sound like an indulgent mess. Luckily, either through judicious editing, or more likely, the skill and daring exhibited by the group manages to pull it back from the overly~proggy abyss every time it gets close.
■ Dungen Live certainly captures the side of the group that’s more interested in exploration than writing catchy psych~pop songs and shows that they are the equal of just about any other band of their ilk that might want to take a run at them. It may not be essential Dungen, but it is well worth tracking down and giving a spin any time some good old fashioned uninhibited psychedelic wandering is what the doctor ordered. — AMG