The first condition for appreciating the new album from the Swedish rock band Dungen might be how you feel about the sound of the flute. There it is, lithe and sensitive in the beginning theme of “Sista Gasten,” then blown out with reverb in “Franks Kaktus,” as played by Gustav Ejstes, the band’s songwriter, soothing singer and primary force. It’s a sound, but it’s more than that, isn’t it? A quality of backdated, enlightened mellowness? Can you deal with it? And then the clean tone of the Fender Rhodes keyboard, telegraphing sensitivity; congas and strummed acoustic guitar; a piano altered to sound like a harpsichord; Reine Fiske’s overdriven electric guitar, spiraling upward in modal patterns through “En Dag Pa Sjon”; and above all, the production, with argumentative guitar buzz and clanky drums, as if this album were recorded in 1966.
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