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Djam Karet

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1 stars This legendary US band was formed in 1984 in Claremont, California by guitarists Gayle Ellett and Mike Henderson, bassist Henry J. Osborne and drummer Chuck Oken.They derived their name from an Indonesian word translated into ''elastic life'' and begun their early jams around the Sounthern California area.In 1985 they recorded their debut cassette ''No commercial potential''.

There are not many words to write down about this release.''No commercial potential'' finds Djam Karet during their premature stage, in which they focused in long, experimental and completely structureless music, where they did sound a bit like KING CRIMSON, but they failed to reach the atmospheres of the British masters.This cassette contains three long tracks of spaced-out, psychedelic jams, which alternated between effects, guitar distortions, jazzy loose rhythms and abstract solos, where the term arrangement is completely absent and the music is performed for fun.The presence of the two guitarists helps the group combine rhythmic tones with abstract soloing, but the result is pointless, weird and improvised.Overstretched and tiring material, which tries to blend psychedelic soundscapes with a more powerful, guitar-driven content, but fails completely to catch the listener's attention.At least they gave the cassette a title, which was more or less to the point.There was absolutely no chance for commercial success with such a bizarre and improvised offering.

Only for completionists.Guitar-led instrumental improvisations, which lead to the sea of nowhere.Not recommended.

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