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RECOLLECTION HARVEST

Djam Karet

 

Eclectic Prog

3.73 | 39 ratings

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The T
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3 stars "Recollection Harvest" is the first album from DJAM KARET that I've ever heard. I must say that, while the record is highly enjoyable, it's not that exciting.

What we have here is instrumental music that travels on a few different roads but that could be mostly described like this: moody, at moments narcotic, at times bordering on the electronic, with strong influences from PINK FLOYD as well as KING CRIMSON but also with a strong metal flavor, with very powerful riffs and intricate sections. The music is very atmospheric, and that's quite a plus for this album. Long guitar solos, mostly without big distortion, with jazzy drums and elaborate keyboard leads. It has a symphonic feel to it, no question about it.

The disc is divided in two sections: one is "Recollection Harvest" proper, with the kind of music is just described, with groove and energy added to the ambience; the other section is an EP (or that's what the liner notes say at least) called "Indian Summer". As the name could imply, the music in this second half of the disc is much more quiet, acoustic, even more atmospheric, but also less rock. If the first part had moments that smelled like metal, this second one borders on the psychedelic almost constantly.

The musicianship is OK without ever being completely brilliant. The guitars are the stars of the show, not with speed but with long, extended solos of good melodies. The keyboards are of varied type (mellotrons, synths, organs) and they never fail to impress. The rhythmic section is another story. On one hand, the bass players are quite skilled, but their percussive counterpart, the drummer, is a mixed bag. At times his playing sounds very original and fusion-like, but there are moments when his drumming actually sounds a little choppy, and slightly off.

The music, while very well crafted, sometimes feels like it lacks any real exciting ideas. There are moments when one feels like one has listened to this music before, and in several different occasions (and bands). I'm not calling DJAM KARET's "generic instrumental prog-rock music" but for a few minutes I was tempted to do it so. Therefore, while I recognize that, at their best, the band are capable of very entertaining sounds, as a whole the experience is just mildly successful. 3 stars is the perfect score for a good but not essential recording.

The T | 3/5 |

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