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Albums Of The Week: Dirty Sound Magnet | DSM-III

’60s acid rock, ’70s boogie-blues and contemporary psychedelia have a satisfying threesome in the Swedish power trio’s shape-shifting, freewheeling third studio set.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Dirty Sound Magnet’s third record DSM-III uses the best blues-rock and boogie tricks to enhance their vintage psychedelic rock sound. The band envisioned a very natural and authentic sound and therefore kept the production simple, with just a few microphones and a vintage mixing desk. In the end, it turns out that the trio have never sounded more powerful and organic. “The whole album is based on energy and electricity,” they say. The title is a play on words that refers to the psychiatry book DSM-III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

Dirty Sound Magnet are a psychedelic-rock power trio from Fribourg, Switzerland. Their sound oozes amazing effervescent ’60s / ’70s rock. The band’s approach has often been compared to Led Zeppelin for their groove, energy and instrumental virtuosity, to a more violent version of Pink Floyd and to the mysticism of The Doors. With the addition of some more modern influences (Tame Impala, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard), and sarcastic lyrics grounded in today’s social turmoil, the DSM formula is complete.

In 2017, the trio issued their debut album Western Lies with Berlin-based record label Noisolution. Shortly after, the band won the Best Swiss Rock Song award for their single Homo Economicus. They started to tour relentlessly, playing more than 350 shows around Europe. 2019 saw the release of their epic full-length Transgenic, which established the band as a leading force among the European psychedelic-rock scene. When Covid arrived, freezing any cultural life for a while, Dirty Sound Magnet has to cancel their tour. The hiatus from touring allowed the band to go back to basics and rehearse intensively. They produced and released a live session album named Live Alert in November 2020, via Hummus Records. The album showcases the trio’s unquestionable improvisation skills and obvious technical mastery.

During this period, they also recorded DSM-III. Groovy, psychedelic, mystical and frantic, DSM-III is a hell of a ride for rockers looking for something that sounds a little different.”