Editors of The FADER have reveled in the acid rock psychosis of Sweden's Dungen for years now, ogling Gustave Estjes' skin tight flares and seeing really special Hobbit visions when the band performs live. But we understand these harsh times might call for a softer side of psych. New Estjes-less Dungen side project The Amazing might be just what the alternative medicine specialist ordered. We've been listening to their self-titled album (out now on Subliminal Sounds) anytime we want to daydream about being pot farmers in a sylvan bliss, running in slo-mo with armfuls of organic, yet lucrative crops, maybe naked with a pair of moccasins on. While that may not be your reaction, let it be the image that lingers in your heads. The band, which consists of Reine Fiske and John Holmegard from Dungen along with music vets Christopher Gunrup and Fredrik Swahn, rambles from gentle paeans like "Deportation Day" to heartbreaking sunset rock on "Dragon," both of which you can hear at their MySpace. But Mexican Summer sent us "Code II," a song that sits in the middle of the album and splits it open with some relatively sprawling electric guitar riffs, freaky keys and spaced-out vocals. The song will be available as a 10" vinyl single in October b-sided with “To Ska and Back,” which hopefully sounds nothing like its title.
Download: The Amazing, "Code II"