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44 is Swedish Psychedelic Rock group Dungen's fifth album. Dungen is also influenced by Swedish (and other) Folk music, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock and Indie Rock.1. SÄtt Att Se
2. Målerås Finest
3. Det Tar Tid
4. Samtidigt 1
5. Ingenting Är Sig Likt
7. Finns Det Någon Möjlighet
8. Mina Damer Och Fasaner
9. Samtidigt 2
10. Bandhagen$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Allas SakDungen frontman/mastermind Gustav Ejstes has been making music for nearly twenty years-at first for himself, then eventually and inevitably for all of us. As a teenager in rural Sweden, he became obsessed with hip-hop and sampling, and eventually, 60s pop and psychedelia. He took up guitar and bass, drums and keyboard and even flute, then took to his grandmother's basement to put it all on tape. It's been five years since the last Dungen album, 2010's Skit I Allt, which is by far the longest interval between releases for a band that proved especially prolific and inspired during the 2000s. Allas Sak picks up where Dungen's previous album left off, but somehow it sounds bolder and livelier, feistier yet more focused. Allas Sak is about everyday matters: family, friends, the fine texture of life. Common but never mundane, these subjects anchor the music in the here and now, while the music lends a certain grandeur to ordinary moments.1. Allas Sak
2. Sista Festen
3. Sisten GÄsten
4. Franks Kaktus
5. En Gang Om Aret
6. Åkt Dit
7. En Dag Pa Sjon
8. Flickor Och Pojkar
9. Ljus In I Min Panna
10. Sova$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Skit I AllltOne of the most lasting and honorable musical imports, Sweden's Dungen sweetly return with a collection of gorgeous rippers and graceful jazz filled polyrhythms entitled Skit I Allt, out on Mexican Summer. At ease with effervescent pop, third-eye popping psychedelia, heavy rock, spider-web folk and breezy jazz, Dungen's dynamism astounds throughout Skit I Allt.1. Vara Snabb
2. Min Enda Van
6. Skit I Alt
7. Barnen Undrar
9. Nasta Sommar
10. Marken Lag Stilla$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FainRecorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales, Fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It's an honest and natural album that allows its stories, its melodies, its themes and structures to breathe. The album draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they've done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they've made their own, the influences are vast - British rock bands like Groundhogs, Dark, Mighty Baby and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout Fain, along with the 60s revival folk of Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, and Trees. Additionally they have looked towards Scandinavian's rich psychedelic tradition both new and old - you can hear the likes of Mecki Mark Men, Mikael Ramel and contemporaries Dungen. You can even hear the band's teenage forays into Hip-Hop in the drums of 'Thief' and 'Athol'.
It rained constantly throughout the recording process and the house was so packed with gear and recording equipment the band were forced to sleep in tents and caravans parked outside. Whilst performing, they could look out into the vast countryside and catch sight of buzzards, hares, curlews and hundreds upon hundreds of crows and gulls. The fire was on permanently, overnight and throughout the day. A serene experience that informs every track on the album. It was mixed and finished in the equally rainy London, with additional performances from Olivia Chaney on piano and backing vocals, plus Nic Kearey and Rachel Davies of Stick in the Wheel and Various (XL). Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) recorded backing vocals in Vancouver remotely for All Returns.
As evidenced by the first single All Returns, Fain is more lyrically focused than anything they've previously recorded.. The song tells the story of a dream Jack Sharp (guitars/vocals) had during which an acquaintance had looked into his eyes and seen into his soul whilst calmly describing his faults and inner demons, a truly cathartic experience. However, says Sharp, his life is largely too banal for material and he largely draws upon snapshots of history to furnish him with the ideas for lyrics. Stand out track Thief is taken from various stories of highwaymen that had been made famous by broadsheet ballads and plays - the likes of Charles Peace, William Nevison, Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. He delivers this story in first person, almost as if he is playing the part of a complete degenerate with little or no conscience or morals. As Sharp says, It's like a form of tourism. You can visit but not live in the mind of an appalling human being.Empty Vessels
When the Fire is Dead in the Grate
NRR$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dungen / Sun Araw RemixesDungen / Sun Araw Remixes Ah where to start Cameron Stallones aka Sun Araw, besides having the most awesome name ever, is a true adventurer in sound. I've been a fan of his for a few years and had no idea what to expect. In his own words, he tried to tame the guitars but "they kept melting away." Dungen is the best band in the world, period. Having the genius Gustav Estjes handling anything coming from my lesser imagination is a humbling experience. The track "J" is something I worked on for inclusion on the album but never managed to wrap it up, until now that is.
- Prins Thomas, 23rd of Nov. 20161. D (Dungen Version)
2. J (Original Version)
3. B (Sun Araw Saddle Soap Remix)$12.9912 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
The Black ChordBorn in San Diego but bred in the mists of Avalon, Astra have fast-become a synonym for the ethereal, the sublime, and indeed the genuinely progressive. Ever since 2009's The Weirding put these analog-inflected San Diego visionaries on the map alongside the likes of co-conspirators Earthless, Diagonal and Dungen, who like some lost tribe of prog faithful - have brought this unwieldly and much maligned form of music out of the dark ages and in front of a new generation of mellotron-loving cognoscenti.
Limited gatefold special die cut vinyl edition with attached booklet
Think wailing guitars and dulcet harmonies thickened by Mellotrons and given hypnotic qualities by the kind of drumming that borders on the shamanic. Cinematic in scope but frequently yielding to a kind of melodic fragility that can only be the product of genuine emotion. The Black Chords musical ebb and flow prove Astra to be both a bands band capable fo an artistry all too rare among their generation, and it's a sound to behold.1. Cocoon
2. The Black Chord
3. Quake Meat
5. Bull Torpis
6. Barefoot In The Head$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Picture YouPicture You, inhabits an aural landscape that's all its own: a panoramic, constantly evolving spectacle marked by layers of intertwining guitars, richly textured keyboards and a rhythm section adept at skewed tempos and a tendency to veer off in unexpected directions.
Christoffer Gunrup's anguished croon drifts through the slowly intertwining melodies of "Broken", which concludes in a hushed pastoral interlude of voice and chiming guitars. "Safe Island" floats on a sea of reverb drenched feedback, while "The Headless Boy" drops a bit of folky Nick Drake-like melancholy into the mix. "British guitar stuff," Grunrup says dryly. "Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain - not that this song is as good as theirs, but it evolved it that direction."
As compelling and enigmatic as expected, Picture You has its own unique texture and timbre, but Gunrup, an ironic perfectionist who is always slightly dissatisfied with his work, would rather play music than talk about it. "I have no idea how to describe the songs [on any of my records]. I like and hate them all equally. If you theorize about the songs, it ruins the tension and passion. Just shut the fuck up and play, but play good."
The Amazing is comprised of singer-songwriter Christoffer Gunrup, Reine Fiske of acclaimed neo-psych group Dungen, Fredrik Swahn, Alexis Benson and lauded jazz drummer Moussa Fadera.1. Broken
2. Picture You
4. Safe Island
5. To Keep It Going
7. Tell Them You Can't Leave
8. The Headless Boy
9. Captured Light
10. Winter Dress$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now