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Athena
Oct 26, 2015

Dungen

Allas Sak
Allas Sak. It’s a short phrase with enormous implications. Those two Swedish words translate loosely into English as “everyone’s thing” or maybe “anyone’s thing.” They not only provide the title for Dungen’s latest collection of sophisticated psychedelic rock, but explains how the band works creatively and collaboratively. Gustav Ejstes, Dungen’s mastermind and main songwriter, has been making music—at first for himself, then eventually and inevitably for all of us—for nearly twenty years. Growing up in rural Sweden, he became obsessed with hip-hop and sampling. Digging through crates and searching for obscure source material provided him with an informal education in ‘60s pop and psychedelia, and soon he learned to play the bits and pieces he was sampling. 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. During that time, the band garnered a worldwide fanbase and coalesced into a full band that includes Reine Fiske on guitar, Mattias Gustavsson on bass, and Johan Holmegard on drums. The new album 'Allas Sak' is due out September 25th via Mexican Summer.

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