What seems most interesting about Dungens
Ta Det Lugnt is that it's one of those works
that takes you away from your sense of place and reality
and takes you to its own world. No small feat if youve
ever tried to create art, music, or movies. The best
works will temporarily remove you from your current
location on the planet and will take you into its
own mindspace. The album name translated into english
means take the serene.
Ta De Lugnt was created by Gustav Ejstes
at his mothers farm in Smaland. Maybe the sense of
removal from other worldly surroundings helped him
write this set of songs the way he did. The now legendary
legend says that Gustav would work on his mothers
farm during the day, and then retreat to his recording
studio in his grandmothers basement at night
to work on the set of songs that became this album.
The music is an amazing mix of indie rock and 60s
psychedelia. There's no retro nostalgia here
this isnt some froliced visit to the past. It
is music thats been influenced by elements of
folk and some of the great experimentation of sound
expansiveness that went on in the second half of the
sixties. There are some acoustic guitars, some loudly
distorted guitars, and lots of good feedback (used
an instrument of its own). The piano is used to invoke
a grand sense of majesty in some of the songs. Its
used sparingly, but when it is used to such a powerful
degree that its understatement becomes a powerful
statement on its own.
And the vibe that gets rolling on some these songs...
its like one big patchouly soaked guitar excursion.
Then it goes back to pastoral acoustic guitar, without
getting lost in acoustic strummingness that seems
to afflict a lot of folk music these days. Overstrumming
can make all of the notes sound the same, and the
acoustic guitar is used here to augment the sound
of the songs, not be the centre piece of them.
All of the lyrics are in Swedish and if you
dont speak Swedish that can be good or bad thing.
You can give yourself up to the lyrics and let them
mean whatever you want them to mean.
Pure indie rock mixed with 70s Thin Lizzy or
Big Star. This is the big single you may have heard
on the radio or floating around on the interweb. Its
big sounding, triumphant, and the kind of song you
will want to play over and over again.
This introduces the spare acoustic vibe on the album.
But part way through the haunting otherworld of echoey
piano and shimmering electric guitar ring through.
Ta Det Lugnt
This is great for its middle section, where
the song breaks down into chaos and feedback. It gets
echoey and I can almost imagine on of those 60s
video backdrops of gels or pulsating camera movements
zooming in and out on the band. It then transitions
through to talking, and then you find yourself in
this otherworld of serene horn over the top of a steady
cymbal beat and sparing piano riff. And with that,
Dungen: Ta Det Lugnt Track
List: 01 Chatterboxes
02 Twin Killers
03 Running Thoughts
04 Vivid Cheek Love Song
05 O'Malley, Former Underdog
07 Wrong Time Capsule
08 Spirit Ditties of No Tone
09 Scream Team
10 You Can See
11 Midnight Bicycle Mystery
12 After Me the Deluge
14 Lemon & Little Lemon
15 Lightening Rod, Run
17 News from a Bird
18 Spy on You
19 You're Our Two