Swiss trio Dirty Sound Magnet reveal eight-minute psychedelic rock epic, ‘Insomnia’

Swiss trio Dirty Sound Magnet reveal eight-minute psychedelic rock epic, ‘Insomnia’

16th August 2023 0 By Jon Deaux

Shimmering psychedelic rock trio Dirty Sound Magnet have unveiled their epic new single, the eight-minute psychedelic opus ‘Insomnia’. 

The new track is taken from their forthcoming record, Dreaming In Dystopia, to be released 20th October via Australian label Wild Thing Records.

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The origins of ‘Insomnia’, the next single from Dirty Sound Magnet’s upcoming album and the record’s epic closer, come from a direct result of Dzodzos, Mottolini, and Cosandey writing and performing with each other as long as they have, gradually written, retooled, and refined over the last ten years. Over the track’s eight-minute runtime, Dirty Sound Magnet leap from passages of subtle, spacy ambiance to galvanizing bass grooves, fiery guitar leads, and punchy, precise percussion, in the process melding prog and psychedelic rock in a fashion only possible by those with a deep passion and understanding for how these genres tick.

“The music of ‘Insomnia’ is the result of years of experimenting and jamming,” recalls Dzodzos. “As far as I can remember, we’ve been trying to bring it all together. We knew that the song had the potential to become one of our epics, though even as a complex instrumental track, it was still missing something. Fast forward to two years ago when I was dealing with an entire summer of sleepless nights. From that experience, we got the idea to connect a gentle ballad about insomnia to that instrumental first written a decade ago. With lyrics now in place, things finally clicked.”

The addition of lyrics to what would become ‘Insomnia’ inspired Dirty Sound Magnet to debut an accompanying lyric video with the single. “‘Insomnia’ is a song with multiple layers of meaning,” explains Dzodzos. “On one hand, it’s about that uncanny feeling when the entire world is asleep and you’re awake. On the other, it’s as much about chasing sleep as it is for ideas and inspiration.”

Dreaming In Dystopia is Dirty Sound Magnet‘s fourth LP, and arrives as the band continues to establish themselves as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Switzerland this century.

Since its founding in 2016, Dirty Sound Magnet has released three studio recordings, each melding the sounds of rock’s golden age with the genre-agnostic experimentalism of today.

In their time, the trio of Stavros Dzodzos (guitars, lead vocals), Marco Mottolini (bass, backing vocals), and Maxime Cosandey (drums, backing vocals, special effects) have already performed over 650 shows throughout Europe, the UK, and Mexico. Thanks in part to this tireless work ethic and becoming known internationally for their mesmerizing live shows, Dirty Sound Magnet have, in just this short period of time, taken home the 2022 Swiss Live Talents award for ‘Best Swiss Rock Band’ and performed as support for various rock heavyweights including Wolfmother (AU), Rival Sons (US), and Monster Magnet (US).

While 2023’s Dreaming In Dystopia sits as Dirty Sound Magnet‘s most wonderfully expansive release to date, it also represents the most introspective chapter in the band’s story so far. The album sees the trio explore how, despite the chaotic nature of the world we live in, certain things like the profound power of music and self-expression remain constant. It’s reflective in a way that allows Dirty Sound Magnet to not only express and iterate on their ever-evolving flavor of psychedelic rock but also puts into perspective just how far the trio has come as musicians and performers.


01. Melodies from Distant Shores (4:19)
02. Dreaming in Dystopia (3:42)
03. The Tragedy of Men (3:37)
04. Lonely Bird (3:59)
05. Utopia (4:28)
06. Flowers, Angels and Chaos (4:37)
07. Lost My Mind (3:39)
08. Insomnia (8:25)

About Dirty Sound Magnet:

Switzerland’s Dirty Sound Magnet is an unstoppable, unbreakable force of rock. The uniqueness of their mesmerizing music and kinetic live performances has won audiences the world over. Their show is unpredictable; shamanic stage presence, rock star charisma, instrumental prowess, poetic vocals, and tantalizing dynamics. As teenagers hailing from Fribourg, Stavros Dzodzos (guitar, vocals), Marco Mottolini (bass, backing vocals), and Maxime Cosandey (drums, backing vocals) devoured hundreds of albums while rehearsing with great intensity. Their passion rapidly turned into an addiction and total dedication to their art, crafting a sound that has been likened to a fusion of Led Zeppelin‘s energy and instrumental virtuosity, Iggy Pop‘s raw energy, and The Doors‘ mysticism, additionally imbued with modern psych influences of bands like Tame Impala and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. With this stylistic pedigree, along with thought-provoking lyrics reflecting contemporary social turmoil, Dirty Sound Magnet have created their own distinct musical formula.

In only a few short years since the band’s formation, Dirty Sound Magnet swiftly established itself within Europe’s burgeoning psychedelic rock scene, extensively touring the continent from 2017 to 2020. Since the release of the band’s third and most successful studio album DSM-III, Dirty Sound Magnet has performed over 130 shows, including sold-out tours in the UK, Germany, and Mexico, won the Swiss Live Talents award for ‘Best Swiss Rock Band’ for the second time, previously taking it home for the band’s 2017 debut album, Western Lies. 

Dirty Sound Magnet‘s music is in a constant state of evolution, and their upcoming record, Dreaming In Dystopia, due on October 20, 2023, via Australian label Wild Thing Records, is a testament to their artistic progression. 

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