Saturday, June 16, 2007

Dungen - Tio Bitar

Sometimes it's nice to hear a band not worried with the latest trends and just doing what they like, with some old-fashioned and out-of-this-world results. In the case of Swedish project Dungen, this means playing as if we were still in the late 1960's when the word "psychedelic" was the rule, acids were the favourite drugs, hard-rock was just around the corner and Jimi Hendrix was God. "Tio Bitar" (Swedish for "Ten Pieces"), their already-fourth album, manages to concentrate all the best that you'd expect from those years: visceral songs with a rich-detailed instrumentation, some on the raw side of things, others more ethereal-driven, full of powerful guitar riffs, creative structures, complex flute lines, furious drums, hallucinating organs, smooth tambourines, concise pop melodies...and Swedish lyrics. Probably using the same vintage recording methods as during psychedelic rock golden years, its organic results are obviously timeless in their challenging appeal, a bit alienating and consequently hypnotizing anyone who adventures into its inventive and (surprisingly) sophisticated sounds. (7/10)

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