Psychedelic Rockers Dungen Headline The Bowery Ballroom TomorrowJune 16th, 2016
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes (vocals, guitar and piano) grew up in western Sweden with an affinity for hip-hop and sampling and a taste for ’60s pop and psychedelic rock. He formed Dungen in 1999, and although they perform their “gloriously expansive and tripped-out psychedelic jams” as a full band—rounded out by Reine Fiske (guitar and voclas), Johan Holmegard (drums), Mattias Gustavsson (bass and vocals)—Ejstes often plays most of the instruments on their recorded work. They gained attention across the world with their third release, 2004’s Ta Det Lungt (stream it below), prompting Pitchfork to rave, “Dungen exhibit all the signs of legitimate, hard-won staying power…. Ta Det Lugnt feels less like a new release than some ancient tome, a fully formed masterpiece dropped unexpectedly on corduroy laps from some blue-brown sky. It’s so aesthetically tight that even carbon dating insists that it could not be post-millennial.” Dungen (above, doing “Frank’s Kaktus” live in studio for KEXP FM) put out their seventh full-length, Allas Sak (stream it below) last fall. “Don’t let this album pass you by,” implored Drowned in Sound. “The instrumental and compositional mastery on show is staggering. Whether it will make a dent in the consciousness of those who don’t spend their time watching at the edges of the prog-rock firmament is another question entirely.” Dungen have inspired the likes of White Denim and Tame Impala, and the latter’s frontman, Kevin Parker, paid his respects to the psychedelic Swedish four-piece from the Celebrate Brooklyn stage on Tuesday night, calling them one of his all-time favorite bands. Find out why when they play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.