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Probably not the best place to start with this album review would be the album title “Skit I Allt” which essentially translates to fuck it all. The reason I say this is that it truly doesn’t reflect the feel of the album. The sound is as crisp and deliberate as Dungen have ever been while remaining true to their past, however this album is a bit more folk influenced then I remember them being.

I had been looking forward to Dungen releasing some new work for a while after hearing Tame Impala’s cover of “Remember Me” and thinking for around a month that it was Dungen, similar are the psychedelic sounds of the two bands. After finding this band as a support act for Wolfmother of all bands (before their 2nd album, aka mental meltdown) at the Hordern a few years back, I have kept them as my personally little secret, hoping that by me not telling my small group of friends that they wouldn’t make it big and ruin their sound. So I apologise to the band for the delay on reviewing their now 6 month old album and holding back their careers.

The album opens with “Vara Snabb” which is the first of many tracks to show off the flute sounds which direct traffic through this album and allow the other instruments to contrast off it. The recognisable tones of those Dungen guitars are there and they feel like they are under tight reign to the point that they almost are lost in the background, but they are very noticeable on repeat listens. This is a classy instrumental track which sets the tone of album and is simply mind blowing.

“Min Enda Van” is such a beautiful track that shows off great song writing ability and control. Violins, flute and piano elegantly folded together to create oral orgasm with really simple and effective clapping used instead of drumming which really works well with the track.

“Brallor” is a track that I have like certain aspects yet hate others at the same time. This is the first time that I have come across Dungen using a female vocalist, I know that I make this sound like a negative, I can’t help who I am. I love the transitions in this song and the growling guitars that I am at home with when listening to Dungen. At times the female vocals seem ok and then they introduce the harmonies and it really grates on me as the contrasting vocals don’t work for me. This is that track on the album that I hate cause it breaks the continuous feel of the album and forces me to use the skip button. I must add, that I am not a fan of too many female singers, however on this track it just doesn’t add anything and just works as a distraction from the rest of the song which is really not that bad at all.

This album is what I envision “The Priest” from The Mighty Boosh ended up writing after killing Beta-max. Introducing, “Hogadalstoppen”. “Barnen Undrar” is a fantastic piece of psychedelic rock showing off the fuzzy guitar sound that Dungen fans would be all too familiar with and somehow manages to lead effortlessly into the track “Blandband” which surely isn’t an English title as Ejstes’ song writing is anything but grey. The album is full of little adventures as the sound ebbs and flows with subtle changes from track to track culminating in the closer “Marken Lag Stilla” which brings everything to a close.

This comes across as one of those albums that you think you can put on while you’re doing housework or on a long road trip, assuming that it will drift into the background, yet it never allows that to happen. The band has definitely taken a turn in a softer direction as the guitars and drumming are toned down and there is more focus on percussion and flutes on this album. That is not to suggest that there is anything lacking, it’s just that this album feels more folk than psychedelic compared with previous albums which honestly threw me off a little at first. The song construction is second to none and the instruments and vocals come and go as they please yet never feel like they are intruding. This album makes me feel like I should be sitting back in a deck chair with a cool beer and a blindfold when I listen to it and not on the side of the road swapping registration information with the car I just back-ended. Oh well, Skit I Allt!!!

ALBUM RATING: They could easily be using a restaurant menu for their lyrics, but who cares; the sound is the same old solid Dungen, with just a little more chilled out

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