4 walks the line between acid-fried Hendrix noodling and amber-lit easy listening.
Calling Dungen “psychedelic” is unbecomingly reductive as of their fourth album, fittingly titled 4. The Swedish act practically throws off visible sparks with an approach that’s cinematic like the best James Bond theme—a widescreen world of sonic wonder awash in cymbals and bejeweled with crystalline drops of chiming piano. One of the best things about Dungen is its ability to walk the line between acid-fried Hendrix noodling and amber-lit easy listening without letting either personality subdue the other. The emphasis seems to be shifting to the softer side on this release, but there’s still room for those purple-haze workouts, best exemplified by wooly instrumentals on “Samtidigt 1” and its jazz-slicked companion, “Samtidigt 2.” Elsewhere, “Ingenting är sig likt” and “Fredag” reference misty Northern soul without being genre exercises. And in the end, you don’t need to understand singer Gustav Ejstes’ Swedish lyrics to be transported by 4.
On Newsstands Now: Apr/May 2015
Trending on BUST
|Amber Tamblyn Book release for Dark Sparkler + Yo La Tengo (NYC)|
Mon Apr 06 @ 7:00PM - 11:00PM
|PEN DIY with Jennifer Weiner: How to Be Authentic on Social Media (NYC)|
Mon Apr 06 @ 7:30PM -
|60th ANNIVERSARY OF ALLEN GINSBERG’S HOWL With Music, Words, and Funny People (CA)|
Tue Apr 07 @ 7:30PM -
|BUST MAGAZINE READING hosted by Roxane Gay and Amber Tamblyn (Minneapolis, MN)|
Fri Apr 10 @ 7:00PM - 11:00PM
|Speed Rack Season 4 (Denver, CO)|
Sun Apr 12 @ 3:00PM - 07:00PM