File next to: The Cure, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine In a way, The Amazing can be thought of as a side-project: guitarist Reine Fiske is the lead guitarist in Dungen. But this Swedish group has staked out a sound and aesthetic of its own. Unlike Dungen, they sing in English. And theirs is a
It had been nearly five years since Swedish “folkrockpsych” band (their description) Dungen last played in Asheville. On that September 2010 date, the four-piece was touring in support of their seventh album, Skit I allt. In the ensuing years, Dungen went quiet, fueling speculation that they had disbanded. Guitarist Reine Fiske had already started another
File Next to: Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd Leader and songwriter Gustav Estjes describes Dungen‘s music as “fokrockpsych.” While that encompasses a wide swath of musical landscape, it barely scratches the surface of Dungen’s musical vision. After a five-year silence that left fans wondering if the Swedish group had folded, Dungen returns with Allas
About ten years ago, a friend and then-bandmate of mine stopped by my house one evening. He gave me a stack of CDs, and described their contents as a variety of new music by artists he thought I’d really like. I hadn’t heard of any of the artists – Zero 7, The Go! Team, Prefuse
“Hello. We are The Pixies.” That was the puckish greeting that Gustav Estjes — leader of Swedish folkrockpsych quartet Dungen proffered to the audience on a recent Saturday night at Asheville North Carolina’s Grey Eagle. This was either the third or fourth visit the group has made here; neither their tour manager nor I could
Swedish multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader Gustav Estjes describes the music of his band Dungen as “heavy, but soft as well.” While Dungen is unabashedly heavy, there remains great subtlety in the songs, conveyed through extensive use of flute, violin and keyboards. Dungen’s sound is a swirling mix, informed by psychedelic rock and European folk.
Even in the 21st century, the vagaries of transatlantic phone calls are such that bad (or dropped) connections are routine. So it was thanks to some persistence on everyone’s part that this interview even took place. We only got a bit more than halfway through the list of questions, but even in our brief time