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In what feels like a very short decade, Swedenís Dungen has mutated at a furious pace. Main man/ producer/ arranger/ singer/ golden child Gustav Ejstesís lone constant has been change. Take the leap from Dungenís self-titled 2001 debut, featuring long psilocybic exploratory tracks of aural tomfoolery, to next yearís Stadsvandringar, which found Ejstes coming to grips with the language of rock. It all converged with the zeitgeist that is Dungenís third album, Ta Det Lugnt, an album that ignited the blogosphere so that it glowed like the aurora borealis. Not content to revel in such accolades, Tio Bitar flashed the bandís pop smarts as well as their incandescent freakouts while 4 put the bandís cohesiveness on display, at once gorgeous and biting. The last album Skit I Allt about which title Gustav says; ďFor me, it means ĎDonít give a shit, forget about it, just go ahead and do it,Ē laughs Ejstes. ďSkit I Allt is about a certain feeling: youíre with your friends and mates, all hanging out till 6 in the morning. Youíre the last one left at the party and you call this person that you want to be with. Theyíre asleep, but they still say, ĎAh, fuck it, come over.í Itís that feeling.Ē Just donít think that with Skit I Allt the band is reducible to any one feeling. Or musical genre. At ease with effervescent pop, third-eye popping psychedelia, heavy rock, spider-web folk and breezy jazz, Dungenís dynamism astounds throughout. Rather than remain only Ejstesí studio vision, Dungen is a muscular full band now. Guitarist Reine Fiske, bassist Mattias Gustavsson, and drummer Johan Holmegard are fully integrated into Ejstesí vision of Dungen: ďWhether you perceive Dungen as a band or as me and my songs and my productions, the band is something totally free. They take the songs somewhere else. Skit I Allt follows world tours and enthusiastic responses from the press and public, and answers the praise with yet another set of cohesive, adventurous songs that canít sit still, yet possess the vision and focus to distance itself from distraction and obvious influences.




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