Dungen Biography

This psychedelically inclined Swedish rock band (pronounced doon-yen) has been led from the outset by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gutav Ejstes. Based in Stockholm since inaugurating Dungen in 1999, Ejstes is regularly joined on stage and on record by the accomplished musicians Reine Fiske (guitar), Mattias Gustavsson (bass) and Fredrik Björling (drums).

Ejstes was raised in the small village of Lanna in Vastergotland, and his first love was hip-hop and dance music. His tastes changed when he began to investigate the music he was sampling and he was soon listening avidly to Swedish folk, vintage American psychedelic rock and jazz fusion. By his early twenties Ejstes had learned how to play guitar, bass and drums, having played piano since his childhood, and formed Dungen to pursue his musical vision. The first two Dungen albums (both self-titled) were initially only released on limited edition vinyl via the Swedish label Subliminal Sounds, in 2001 and 2002 respectively. The three lengthy medleys that comprised the first album leaned heavily towards folk rock, while the second album pursued a similar direction albeit in a more concise fashion. The second album was subsequently re-released on CD by the Virgin Records offshoot Dolores, under the new title Stadsvandringar.

The experimental nature of the early Dungen albums was streamlined on Ta Det Lugnt, one of the most highly acclaimed rock releases of 2004. The folk rock instrumentation was again present but this time alongside cascading drums and stabbing psychedelic guitar solos. The album, like its predecessors, was written, played and produced almost exclusively by Ejstes alone. Highly complimentary reviews in the European and US press prompted a series of overseas appearances, and by the end of 2005 Ejstes was being fêted as a modern psychedelic hero. Impressively, he managed to repeat the successes of Ta Det Lugnt on the subsequent Tio Batar.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.