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One of the first new prog bands to emerge on the 80's and 90's scene. The music is hard to categorize, switching among many different moods and styles, sometimes with psychedelic influences. Long improvisations, and main influences are OZRIC TENTACLES and KING CRIMSON.

"The Devouring" and "Burning The Hard City" are considered by many to be one of the best prog albums released in the 90s. DJAM KARET have taken their trademark sound of blistering guitar solos, atmospheric passages, and instrumental prowess and added old school prog rock keyboards. The resultant music is a great delight for the guitar fan as well as the adventurous rock listener.

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Swamp of DreamsSwamp of Dreams
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Suspension And DiscplacementSuspension And Discplacement
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Live At OrionLive At Orion
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The DevouringThe Devouring
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Ritual ContinuesRitual Continues
CD Baby 1987
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The Heavy Soul SessionsThe Heavy Soul Sessions
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Regenerator 3017Regenerator 3017
CD Baby 2014
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DJAM KARET top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.67 | 3 ratings
Happy Cancer: McMusic for the McMasses
1.38 | 10 ratings
No Commercial Potential
3.25 | 19 ratings
The Ritual Continues
1.75 | 4 ratings
Kafka's Breakfast
3.70 | 52 ratings
Reflections from the Firepool
3.64 | 51 ratings
Burning The Hard City
3.14 | 31 ratings
Suspension & Displacement
2.71 | 20 ratings
3.64 | 64 ratings
The Devouring
3.64 | 22 ratings
Still no Commercial Potential (Limited Edition)
3.39 | 27 ratings
New Dark Age
3.04 | 18 ratings
Ascension New Dark Age Vol. 2
3.25 | 42 ratings
A Night For Baku
3.71 | 45 ratings
Recollection Harvest
4.03 | 53 ratings
The Heavy Soul Sessions
3.89 | 93 ratings
The Trip
3.87 | 96 ratings
Regenerator 3017
3.81 | 18 ratings
Sonic Celluloid

DJAM KARET Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 9 ratings
Live At Orion
3.75 | 4 ratings
Afghan (Live At The Knitting Factory)
3.60 | 5 ratings
Live At NEARfest 2001

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0.00 | 0 ratings
A Beginner's Guide Volume 1
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Beginner's Guide Volume II
3.17 | 10 ratings
No Commercial Potential, Rock Improvisations from 1985-2002
4.59 | 7 ratings
Swamp Of Dreams

DJAM KARET Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 3 ratings
Djam Karet #1
3.75 | 4 ratings
Djam Karet #2


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 Sonic Celluloid by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.81 | 18 ratings

Sonic Celluloid
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Kepler62

5 stars Another abstruse offering from these California revolutionaries in their fearless quest to transcend art. Once again, there's no faithfulness to style and anything flies, although conspicuous acknowledgements are made to Jean Michel Jarre and Pink Floyd amongst others without being too pronounced. Those familiar with Djam Karet and their revisionist approach to creating music will find that Sonic Celluloid is much more expressive than some of their previous work. Imbued with waves of keyboards, magnetic instrumental sweeps and electronic scenery each composition possesses it's own curious identity within the concept of music as film.

Contrastive elements and ideas form the notion of an aural gallery. 'Saul Says So', 'Forced Perspective' and 'Long Shot' that introduce the work are more illustrative of the Djam Karet modus operandi. We get dynamic mingling of Hammonds and mellotrons along with cool jazzy electric and acoustic guitar runs, subaqueous bass, and Chuck Okden jr's usual spot on drumming. The latter part of the album shifts into Buddhist mode with tracks such as 'Numerous Mechanical Circles' with it's creeping world beat that resembles some of the reworked material that appeared on Peter Gabriel's soundtrack for the 1984 film 'Birdy'. The metallic 'Oceanside Exterior' with its coastal ambience and 'Au Revoir Au Reve' are sympathetic to one another and induce dreamlike neural sensations. 'Flashback' is like a narcotic with it's looping phantom rhythm, mellotron backdrop and quixotic guitar lines. 'Lower' gets very metaphysical and conveys nothingness. With no beginning or end it just wallows on in lethargic fashion as it cross fades out into human crowd chatter that makes it even more claustrophobic. The most interesting piece for me was 'No Narration Needed'. The piece opens with a lonely introductory melody that is abandoned for a picturesque ceremony in an ethereal garden with exotic lizards perched on rocks and foliage. A Greek bouzouki entertains and is joined by an acoustic guitar. My only qualm: too short. The capstone of this mind meld, 'The Denouement Device', features bass player Henry J. Osborne's melodious bass lines. It sculpts and intensifies, blending multiple melodies using all sorts of keyboard wizardry and electric guitars and is by far the most complex piece on the whole album. At times it reminds me distantly of 'Entangled' from the 1976 Genesis Trick Of The Tail album possibly revealing early musical roots..

I wouldn't say that listening to Sonic Celluloid was like watching a collection of short films in my head Admittedly it's a pretty far out concept and must be approached with a problematic mindset Largely produced under the direction of mastermind Gayle Ellett with contributions of varying degrees from the other members, to those not acquainted with the Djam Karet method Sonic Celluloid will tend to sound disjointed at times. Even I found myself saying, 'why the freak did you have to stop there? I was just getting into it', on more than one occasion. Nonetheless the knowing ones such as myself will revel in this Jewel. Djam Karet madness all the way! It also seems that they are on some sort of fantastic crusade to out-engineer/produce each previous album. The production here is simply exquisite and Sonic Celluloid is definitely one to lose your mind with with the headphones cranked to infinity!

 Swamp Of Dreams by DJAM KARET album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.59 | 7 ratings

Swamp Of Dreams
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Kepler62

5 stars This is music only the abstracted brilliance of Djam Karet could give birth to. The greatest band that nobody has ever heard of ! Swamp of Dreams contains 6 titles have been dredged up and reworked from various one off contributions that appeared on anthologies and benevolent albums between 1990 & 2006. They have been cleverly presented in reverse chronological order which is a real treat for hard core followers like myself. Dark, vaporous and menacing sequenced rhythmical effects drive each piece with boundless intensity. A multitude of styles and devices are employed and melded together into something that has some semblance of congruity and it is hard to believe that they were all conceived over a 16 year time span. The whole album is characterized by flawless production, superb musicianship and technical prowess.

The opening track, Voodoo Chases The Muse is anchored by a pulsating, regurgitating synth template. A groovy psychedelic guitar riff plays on as if the wah wah pedal was just discovered. Jimi Hendrix meets Tangerine Dream. It then reinvents itself into something more frightening and conflagrated in some bizarre time signature that only aliens can figure out with Moogs and Fender Rhodes going maniac. The Shattering Sky appeared in original form on a humanitarian CD to raise money for victims of Hurricaine Katrina which devastated New Orleans back in the summer of 2005. The sky actually sounds like it's going to fall at the onset as the piece proceeds to work itself into a furious rage with frantic jazz bass and thundering synth barrages and fuzz guitar getting into a real cool groove that unfortunately ends too soon.. I actually googled the meaning of the title of the third track, Pentimento, and came up with two different results and tried to associate them with this psychotic piece. It commences with phantasmagoric spacey atmospheres and then transmogrifies into a manic guitar inferno with globs of plodding tonal wreckage. New Light On The Dark Age and the title track are more coherent and fluid pieces and for the most part are free of all the sonic havoc that has to be dealt with on the other pieces. Inventions of the Monsters is my favourite track. An alternate auditory interpretation of creation possibly influenced by Dali's surreal painting from the 1930's. Grotesque cat, dog and horse sounds can be heard amidst shifting sound walls and spooky tubular bell-like progressions. The whole thing seems to be gradually closing in on the listener in slow motion. Far out terrifying stuff.

I'm unaware of how the pieces that constitute Swamp of Dreams sounded in their initial forms but what has been done here is simply eye watering. A must listen for anyone who wants to grow up to be a synthesizer. Five outa this world stars.

 Still no Commercial Potential (Limited Edition) by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.64 | 22 ratings

Still no Commercial Potential (Limited Edition)
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by PlacesofLight405

4 stars This music is all improvised! Unbelievable combination of dreamy, trippy sounds alternating with prominent guitar and drums. The title is great, the musicianship superb, the sound and mood is lovingly organic, and the creativity within this framework flows like fine aged wine. Fill in any positive adjective you want and it will apply somewhere. If you're not riding the groove after the opening "No Vacancy at the Hotel of Noise" have someone check you for a pulse. This will likely appeal to a myriad of prog fans!

A perfect balance of space and power, which is the bands trademark. There are many Djam Karet CD's out there worth your time and attention, starting with this one.

 Swamp Of Dreams by DJAM KARET album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.59 | 7 ratings

Swamp Of Dreams
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars For over thirty years now, Californian band Djam Karet have been offering an eclectic variety of instrumental prog rock, covering every style from psychedelic, electronic, ambient, space music and even blues, frequently in the form of completely improvised jamming performances. With a string of superb releases in their back catalogue, and their two most recent works (the spacerock/electronic-infused `The Trip' and the retro flavours of `Regenerator 3017') being especially wonderful, the group have decided to release a vinyl-length stop-gap compilation, `Swamp of Dreams', bringing together assorted rarer stand-alone pieces taken from a range of unrelated compilations spanning the years 1990 to 2006.

`Voodoo Chases The Muse' opens the disc with gutsy slow-burn bluesy snaking electric guitar over liquefied Ozric Tentacles-like gurgling synths, with playful jazzy licks and funky bass sauntering throughout. `The Shattering Sky' presents atmospheric Tangerine Dream-like electronic ticking ambience and droning King Crimson-flecked guitar notes behind brooding heavy Mellotron choirs and bass purring wickedly along the backdrop, but the abrupt quickie fade-out that comes out of nowhere mid-guitar solo is heartbreaking!

Electronic washes and calming acoustic guitar ruminations blend with tribal percussion and a heavy beat that builds in urgency throughout `Pentimento' as strangled Crimson-esque guitar distortion grinds away, and the twitching electronic violations and ebbing/humming drifts in the manner of the early Klaus Schulze works of `New Light on the Dark Age' twist together with tribal- like beats, mangled guitar and an addictive repeated whirring synth theme.

The haunting and dream-like `Inventions of the Monsters' is a crystalline drone that is both ethereal and eerie, and oddly, with its pristine icy synths, buoyant bass and up-tempo drive, the heroic and symphonic title-track closer `Swamp of Dreams' quickly reminds of the Neo Prog bands and could have easily come off almost any early IQ album!

Despite all the scattered tracks originating from over a sixteen-year period, there's still a strong flow that ensures the 44 minute CD works perfectly as a stand-alone album, and while the above mentioned `The Trip' and `Regenerator 3017' stand taller in their discography, `Swamp of Dreams' is simply a great collection of cool instrumental pieces with great playing from a talented group! An easy high recommendation for instrumental prog lovers, let's hope for a second volume of these sort of collected pieces from Djam Karet in the near future!

Four stars.

 Swamp Of Dreams by DJAM KARET album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.59 | 7 ratings

Swamp Of Dreams
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Slartibartfast
Prog Reviewer

5 stars An excellent compilation of compilations.

All the assembled tracks, recorded from 2006 back to 1990, are arranged in reverse chronological order and nicely work together to feel like an original album.

One of the songs was actually from a compilation that I already had - Dali: The Endless Enigma. Every artist did a musical impression of a painting. They picked Inventions Of The Monsters. I liked it and all the other musician's aural paintings. Djam Karet were unknowns to me then later I encountered A Night For Baku and instantly became a die hard fan. But for those who are familiar with Dali paintings, some are small yet complex. DK takes you along on a on a journey through the painting. The rest of the tracks are also as inspired...

It may just my imagination but hearing their impression of Monsters in FLAC format and pulling up an image of the painting on screen has intensified the experience for me. I would highly recommend listening to this album in that format, though in CD and even in my standard more portable format, WMA, it's not too shabby.

Since I don't have any of the other compilation albums that they have been on I have no other tracks I can compare to Gayle Ellett's remastering enhancements to the prior versions, but Inventions Of The Monsters is certainly improved.

4.5 and rounding up as this is certainly an album that will stand the test of time.

 Regenerator 3017 by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.87 | 96 ratings

Regenerator 3017
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US band DJAM KARET was formed back in 1984, and since then they have charmed both progressive rock fans and those who enjoy rock music with more of a sophisticated edge in general through a grand total of seventeen albums. A renowned unit at this point, well regarded both within and outside of the progressive rock community. "Regenerator 3017" is their most recent studio production, and was released through the band's own imprint HC Productions in 2014.

Instrumental progressive rock of the careful and dream-laden variety is what Djam Karet provides on "Regenerator 3017". Some jazzrock oriented escapades, a touch of Canterbury and a few select instances of space-inspired details can be found, but the greater majority of the material is of a kind and character that can be regarded as comparable to the more atmospheric material Camel crafted in the mid '70s. Those who treasure music like that should also find this CD to be a compelling one.

 Reflections from the Firepool by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.70 | 52 ratings

Reflections from the Firepool
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Material from ''The ritual continues'' sessions still surfaced in 1988, when Djam Karet released yet another cassette, ''Kafka's breakfast'', which included the 24-min. jam ''Walkabout'' along with tracks from the pre-Djam Kater band Happy Cancer, including the performance of drummer/keyboardist Andy Frankel.In 1989 the Americans return with the album ''Reflections from the firepool'', released in every possible format, vinyl issue came out on Gerg Walker's Synphonic label, both CD and cassette issues were printed by the band's own HC Productions.

''Reflections from the firepool'' contains the style, which would actually define what Djam Karet was all about for a period of years.The material here seems less loose and more properly constructed, thus more pleasant to the ears, long improvisations are good activities for musicians, but not headed for commercial consumption.On the contrary ''Reflections from the firepool'' eventually suggests some cool musical structures, which still hold this jamming feel linked to Djam Karet, giving a major role to keyboards and benefiting from the serious talent of guitarists Gayle Ellett and Mike Henderson.I would describe this as guitar-driven Acid Psych/Prog with some references to PINK FLOYD, OZRIC TENTACLES, KING CRIMSON and similar bands, but in fact this quartet starts to make its own distinctive music with stretched guitar solos, acid guitar lines, spacious keyboards and consistent bass/drumming, containing some complex, jazzy plays and a Fusion aura.Six long instrumental tracks come with the vinyl, while the CD (also reissued by Cuneiform Records) contains another pair of a similar taste.The use of some light organ sounds comes as a welcome surprise as well as the addition of some melodic guitar solos.Still the guiding light are the long, dark guitar acoustics and the keyboard experiments with the cinematic, psych-tinged and spacious overtones.

For me the most interesting work of Djam Karet in the 80's.It's still fairly experimental, even containing some Industrial-like percussion and guitar vibes in a few cuts, but comes as more convincing, consistent and efficient as a whole.Recommended.

 Regenerator 3017 by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.87 | 96 ratings

Regenerator 3017
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars The grooviest and most chilled instrumental album of 2014 so far goes to Djam Karet's 30 year anniversary special `Regenerator 3017'! The album instantly sees the eclectic prog band take a completely different turn from 2013's `The Trip', which was one long composition filled with dark-tinged psychedelic atmospheres and deep electronic ambience. By comparison, this album, comprised of seven dreamy instrumentals, truly sounds like a celebration, a relaxed and joyful occasion indeed! That's because it is, it's their seventeenth album in three decades, featuring all of the original band members, so why not grab a party hat and pin the tail on this donkey?! (Disclaimer: This album should never be confused with any negative connotations often placed on donkeys, they are a fine wonderful animal!)

The infectious opener `Prince of the Inland Empire' is a breezy and upbeat cruise, deliriously funky bass and glistening Fender-Rhodes piano runs and lively drumming, but the abrupt fade-out at the end is unforgivable! There's plenty of 70's flavoured jazz/fusion for `Living In The Future Past', with a nice cheeky fat bass strut and jazzy drumming over uneasy Mellotron tension and smooth electric guitar licks. `Desert Varnish' has nice delay- fuelled electric guitar ripples over the most upbeat and pleasing synth/electric piano washes that will wrap their comforting fuzzy arms around you. The piece briefly shoots for deep space and sees the aliens from `The Trip' crashing the party, with droning voices, feedback-driven guitar ruptures and thick maddening bass.

`Wind Pillow' is a quirky and oh-so-lovely duel-Mellotron cloud of sheer bliss, like one of those video game levels where Mario takes to the sky in a raccoon suit! Some tastefully restrained guitar scorching, sighed harmonies and loopy wavering synths. `Lost Dreams' has bluesy mellow Pink Floyd-styled electric guitar soloing with just a touch of reflective wistfulness and a little bit of longing. `Empty House' sees us well and truly lost in the skies, chiming guitar strums, a clipping jazzy beat and scratchy Mellotron as we slowly twirl around the big blue, with some triumphant bass bursts punching through the atmosphere. We break into orbit for the strident and serious `On The Edge of The Moon', late-night contemplative piano and whirring Moog, punchy drumming and a red hot searing guitar solo as we shoot across the sky and re-enter the planet. This perfect album closer also has a nice gentle ethereal build in the middle, victorious choral harmonies and just a trace of seventies Genesis in the mix.

Despite a couple of abrupt endings early on being a bit of a let down, there's not a single disappointing second to be found on this album. Infused by Djam Karet with a love of making glorious, joyous and downright beautiful, lush instrumental music this time around, `Regenerator 3014' is the perfect antidote to a bad day, and sheer musical happiness on a tiny shiny disc!

Five stars.

 Recollection Harvest by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.71 | 45 ratings

Recollection Harvest
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars One thing for sure I am not a great follower of Djam Karet in terms of the band or the meaning. What I mean with the meaning is that the name implies an Indonesia language meaning literally as a "rubber time" but in normal day-to-day practice is something like not being punctual in coming to meeting or gathering, say it's supposed to 9:00 but then it becomes 9:10 or 9:15 not as punctual as planned. So Indonesian call it as Djam Karet as not being punctual. I am not sure how come the boys in the band knew this and named it for their group. But I laughed outloud the first time knowing that there is a band with this name.

In terms of music, I only knew the band from my prog community in Indonesia as they say that I should listen to the music of Djam Karet, especially some albums that my friends lent me. So I landed with some f the albums including this one. To me, as it is stated clearly at the inlay information that this album is basically two components namely Recollection Harvest with five first tracks and Indian Summer with another six tracks with overall duration of 70 plus minutes. Quite ambitious in terms of duration.

Musically, this album is really good in delivering instrumental tracks especially in harmonizing the sounds of keyboards and guitars with interesting solo provided. The basslines are quite good as well. Opened beautifully with "The March To The Sea Of Tranquility" (7:18) with some sort of ambient fusion music that reminds me to things like Ozric Tentacles (my favorite band as well). It flows nicely to the second track "Dr. Money" (7:12) where I enjoy the guitar solo combined with keyboard work all along the whole track that has many tempo and style changes. Actually it's hard to describe the kind of music this band plays but when I listen to it track by track, I find joy in enjoying the music. Each track offers its unique style, for example the fifth track "Recollection Harvest" (10:06) blends the ambient keyboard effects, dynamic drumming and basslines combined with guitar touches. It's quite exploratory in nature. There are parts that reminds me to the music of Jean Luc Ponty in the middle of this title track.

The second component that starts with "Indian Summer" (4:10) that resonates the repetitious keyboard work overlaid by howling guitar. Even though it sounds quite boring to me but it's quite exploratory. The track "The Great Plains Of North Dakota" (3:13) has the eastern music style that makes the album rich in textures - the acoustic guitar work is nice. While "Dark Oranges" (3:44) provides electric nature of the music with its long sustain keyboard work serving at background.

Overall, it's a very good album demonstrating high quality musicianship of the band members. The music moves in different styles and sometimes is hard to consider the kind of it and sometime is exploratory. On parts with drumset, I think the mixing of the drum sound is too loud and raw. It's recommended for those who like Ozric Tentacles with some King Crimson nuances as well. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 No Commercial Potential  by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 1985
1.38 | 10 ratings

No Commercial Potential
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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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