Dungen to Release Film Score for Vintage Animated Film

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Sep 28, 2016

Psych-swirling Swedish combo Dungen have announced a brand new score for a vintage animated film. Titled Häxan, the band's first all-instrumental offering arrives November 25 through Mexican Summer, as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event.

A press release explains that the latest Dungen LP, which follows last year's Allas Sak, was crafted after the group were asked to create an original score to 1926's The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which is said to be "the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film." The outfit immersed themselves in the storyline of filmmaker Lotte Reiniger's ages-old movie, with producer Mattias Glavå having captured the results in the studio.

Interestingly, while the collection is inspired by film characters like Prince Achmed, Peri Banu, Aladdin, the Sorcerer and the Witch (Häxan is Swedish for "Witch"), the moody score is also said to stand alone from the source material. It's explained that the collection has actually been sequenced in a non-linear fashion, in relation to the film's narrative.

Sonically, Häxan apparently has Dungen approaching the sounds of '70s soul, "early '60s post-bop" and Middle Eastern sounds.

Below, you'll find the score's "Jakten genom skogen" [via Pitchfork], as well as the full tracklisting for Häxan.


1. Peri Banu vid sjön
2. Jakten genom skogen
3. Wak-Wak's portar
4. Den fattige Aladdin
5. Trollkarlen och fågeldräkten
6. Grottan
7. Häxan
8. Aladdin's flykt över havet
9. Kalifen
10. Achmed flyger
11. Aladdin och lampan, del 1
12. Aladdin och lampan, del 2
13. Achmed och Peri Banu
14. Andarnas Krig

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