Boomkat Product Review:
Psychedelic rock - is it the new black? That was the question on my lips this morning as I dragged my hungover body into work, tripping slightly as I walked. I couldn't be bothered to go get washed or have a shave so instead I used the precious time to take a listen to Dungen's marvellous new opus 'Tio Bitar'. You see, this kind of music appealed to the masses in the early 70s, and back then you could wear a couple of flowers in your hair, blast some psychedelic rock out of your bedsit and you were almost guaranteed an audience. These days the opposite is true, so I wonder how it is that Swedish fellers Dungen are so darned trendy - maybe it's because the music is so effortlessly good... certainly their debut album 'Ta Det Lungt' was a huge success, but 'Tio Bitar' has jimmied their sound into pure sun-drenched psych-pop, and honed their musicianship even further. This is the album that their debut should have been, a voyage into opium laced Swedish folklore : there's something for everyone here - pop music ('Gor Det Nu'), heavy rock ('Mon Amour'), sleaze 'Svart Ar Himlen', in fact this sounds like the perfect soundtrack to the best messy Italian horror movie I've never seen, and you can't get much better than that. If this had been released in the 70s and then lost forever then Finders Keepers would probably re-release it, as it stands it's new and makes for a hugely enjoyable, refreshing listen - well worthy of further investigation. Recommended.