Swedish psych-rock band Dungen created an original score for the pioneering 1926 animated feature The Adventures of Prince Achmed | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

Swedish psych-rock band Dungen created an original score for the pioneering 1926 animated feature The Adventures of Prince Achmed 

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frank aschberg

Between the release of their 2010 album Skit I Allt and the 2015 gem Allas Sak, excellent Swedish psych band Dungen were enlisted to create an original soundtrack for German director Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed, one of the medium’s earliest examples and widely considered to be its oldest surviving work. Dungen’s music is distinguished in part by the sweet nasal singing of front man Gustav Ejstes, whose indelible melodies weave together the group’s often discursive styles. Guitarist Reine Fiske and drummer Johan Holmegard both play in the great jazz-rock band Svenska Kaputt, and the former also often collaborates with the heavy Norwegian organ combo Elephant9, so it’s no shock that the music from the instrumental score—released last year as Häxan (Mexican Summer)—registers some serious jazzlike cadences, with dancing flute, spaced-out organ, and effervescent guitar lines rippling over carved-out grooves, though there are a few pieces that veer into familiar hard-rock turf, overblown riffing choogling between airier passages. The group assembled the album with no regard to the film’s sequencing, and further altered it by adding some lovely interstitial snippets, but tonight Dungen will revert to the original version, playing it to accompany a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed.   v

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