Dungen Expands Album, Tours North America
Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project will finally release its acclaimed album, "Ta Det Lugnt," in North America this summer via Kemado Records.Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project will finally release its acclaimed album, "Ta Det Lugnt," in North America this summer via Kemado Records. The disc will feature five previously unreleased tracks comprising outtakes and newly recorded material.
"Ta Det Lugnt" was recorded two summers ago in Alstermo, Sweden. a small village in the southern part of the country. "I was living in Stockholm and I rented a lot of the most basic equipment," Ejstes tells Billboard.com. "I recorded everything on a 16-channel portable studio, rented some compressors and old microphones and went down to my mom's place in the south."
Ejstes has studied traditional folk music at a government-sponsored school for the arts outside of Stockholm for the past several years. "Ta Det Lugnt" is the first artistic fruit from this apprenticeship and combines sounds from traditional Swedish folk music and classic hard rock from the 1960s. Ejstes opts to sing in his native tongue, but insists, "the music is from people who love to play and I think you can hear that we love to play."
Logistics make it impossible for Ejstes to translate his music on stage by himself; to do so he is toting a four-piece band with him to North America, which he claims allow the tracks on "Ta Det Lugnt" to consistently evolve in a live setting.
"I let all the members do my music, but I still have a little mustache under my nose, so I tell them how to play, of course," he says. "But they have the same ideas [as me] about this music so it always becomes something new."
Aside from playing out live this summer, Ejstes plans to "spend time with my girlfriend" and "listen to my old hip-hop records: Gang Starr and Pete Rock."
Here are Dungen's tour dates:
July 8: San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill)
July 9: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
July 13: Cambridge, Mass. (Middle East)
July 14: Hoboken, N.J. (Maxwell's)
July 15: Philadelphia (First Unitarian Church)
July 16: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Siren Festival)
July 17: Chicago (Union Park)
July 19: Chicago (Empty Bottle)