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DJAM KARET

Eclectic Prog • United States


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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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Regenerator 3017Regenerator 3017
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New Dark AgeNew Dark Age
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Night for BakuNight for Baku
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DevouringDevouring
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2.00 | 2 ratings
Happy Cancer: McMusic for the McMasses
1982
1.37 | 8 ratings
No Commercial Potential
1985
3.39 | 16 ratings
The Ritual Continues
1987
2.50 | 2 ratings
Kafka's Breakfast
1988
3.80 | 46 ratings
Reflections from the Firepool
1989
3.67 | 47 ratings
Burning The Hard City
1991
3.17 | 29 ratings
Suspension & Displacement
1991
2.80 | 19 ratings
Collaborator
1994
3.68 | 58 ratings
The Devouring
1997
3.57 | 20 ratings
Still no Commercial Potential (Limited Edition)
1998
3.42 | 24 ratings
New Dark Age
2001
3.04 | 16 ratings
Ascension New Dark Age Vol. 2
2001
3.25 | 39 ratings
A Night For Baku
2003
3.73 | 39 ratings
Recollection Harvest
2005
4.13 | 39 ratings
The Heavy Soul Sessions
2010
3.94 | 83 ratings
The Trip
2013
3.83 | 76 ratings
Regenerator 3017
2014

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

3.38 | 8 ratings
Live At Orion
1999
4.67 | 3 ratings
Afghan (Live At The Knitting Factory)
2002
4.33 | 3 ratings
Live At NEARfest 2001
2004

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0.00 | 0 ratings
A Beginner's Guide Volume 1
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Beginner's Guide Volume II
2002
3.18 | 9 ratings
No Commercial Potential, Rock Improvisations from 1985-2002
2004

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

3.67 | 3 ratings
Djam Karet #1
2001
3.75 | 4 ratings
Djam Karet #2
2001

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 Regenerator 3017 by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.83 | 76 ratings

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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.

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 Recollection Harvest by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.73 | 39 ratings

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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

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 No Commercial Potential  by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 1985
1.37 | 8 ratings

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No Commercial Potential
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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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 The Trip by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 83 ratings

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The Trip
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars "The Trip" was recorded between takes during the "Heavy Soul Sessions" and it gave the band a chance to relax before getting back to the heavy lifting of that 2010 recording. This is one long 47 minute track that I would describe as being Psychedelic music in the early PINK FLOYD realm but more modern sounding. I also should mention they use lots of "effects" on this one and we also get mellotron. In the liner notes they mention that no compression or limiting was used in order to give the album a more lively and dynamic sound. Also the picture inside the cover is cool with the psychedelic pink and purple hallway that looks like it goes on forever with the welcome mat that says "The Trip".

It starts off with spacey winds before melancholic strains take over. I like when it calms down making me feel like i'm listening to a PORCUPINE TREE song back in their psychedelic days. A definite Krautrock vibe here that continues until around 8 1/2 minutes in when the spacey winds return but that relaxed vibe continues. A change before 12 1/2 minutes as mellotron and atmosphere take over along with some haunting sounds that come and go. A change after 15 1/2 minutes reminding me of PINK FLOYD.

Drums come in before 19 minutes as the guitar starts to soar somewhat. Some FLOYD-like synths after 23 minutes join in. A change 28 1/2 minutes in with the guitar solo stopping and this haunting atmosphere taking over. This is familiar to what has gone on before. Spacey winds are back as well. A change 33 1/2 minutes in as it turns brighter but that is brief as it quickly returns to that haunting and melancholic style. Love the mellotron choirs 37 minutes in with electronics then the drums take over aggressively a minute later. The guitar comes in and starts to rip it up and we get organ too then synths before it calms right down 45 minutes in. Those melancholic strains form the start are reprised here to end it as our trip ends.

While I still rate "Still No Commercial Potential" as my favourite from this band i'm really glad they released this album which is a nod to those late sixties early seventies Psychedelic bands from another era. Easily 4 stars.

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 The Trip by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 83 ratings

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The Trip
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

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

5 stars I must be great to be Djam Karet. I mean, it's pretty amazing that on listening to their latest album `The Trip', you realise all the different band members were clearly abducted by aliens as small children, injected with the DNA of German bands like Cluster, Dom, Amon Duul 2 and Tangerine Dream, with a splice of the early era of Pink Floyd, the Delirium Records-era Porcupine Tree and even Steven Wilson's electronic project Bass Communion. They were then dropped back to Earth, and somehow, probably through the electronic signal coursing through their implanted tracking devices that gave them all some sort of symmetry or connection, they were able to meet up later on and eventually get to record this little beauty. In fact, as this work bridges lysergic shimmering psychedelic rock, immersive electronic soundscapes and charging spacerock, blending them all together seamlessly, effortlessly moving from one passage to another before you even realise it, I'm more than convinced this is the sound of a band subconsciously recreating scattered repressed memories and glimpsed flashbacks of their time aboard the mothership.

You'll be surely trying to decipher the digitised phasing chittering that opens the work, hoping for an idea of just what language this particular group of aliens communicate with, but after a Mellotron- laced lethargic and reflective acoustic acid folk introduction, the UFO dope runs it's course and we begin to fade, David Gilmour standing over us clutching his `More' LP. Brooding, filtering electronics penetrate, offering us only the most electric oranges and most hypnotic tangerines to dream about, as waves of Post strums slowly build comforting arms around us. Weaving electronic winds blow us through the still streams, disorientating memories of empty AM city streets, intense loneliness threatening to overwhelm at any moment. Bubbling flotation tanks shield us from faraway cooing Clusters of monsters aboard cold monolithic spacecrafts, a droning klaxon alerts us as a fortean glistening chubby rain drifts over the Earth (you see, the aliens come down in the rain, therefore making it chubby).

A plodding beat, wavering synths and a sombre bluesy guitar weep away as our visitors make their way across the land, hinting at danger, confusion and possible assimilation. Oh sure, the members of Mindf - ...um, I mean Mindhead will tell you they mean us no harm, but if they do, we'll not go quietly. Twisting guitar melodies wear us down, percussion grows in tension and tempo, humming organ lulls all into a false sense of security. A division bell chimes out over groaning winds, or is it funereal and our time is at an end? Violating white noise encases our minds through metamorphic rocks and pin drop piano menace.

A Maiden-drum gallop takes up the fight of our lives, with the Psychedelic Warlords and the Kings of Speed ensuring we won't go easy. Chugging, snarling riff-heavy guitar attacks, looping synth raybeams and aggressive tribal poundings fight back, forcing the overlords to take a cloudburst flight back to their own world - gotcha suckers! What a marvel to hear...Ozrics, Hidrias, Oresunds, Wilson's and Duul's all coming together, freeing themselves of Agitation and winning back our sanity with a frantic kaleidoscope of colour and sound - only for us to be just as hastily dropped back onto that same acid-fried hillside, with Mr Gilmour strumming that same lulling acoustic psalm to shelter us and ensure that everything is alright...until the next trip. Has it been days, weeks, months that we've been gone? Apparently only 47 minutes, but it would be best if we put this on continuous loop and disappear forever...besides, greasy Homer told me `I'm pretty sure this business will consume our whole lives...'

Djam Karet's `The Trip' - never to be listened to the same way twice, never to have exactly the same emotional response from the listener, but always guaranteed to have you hypnotised and enthralled by this wondrous voyage. Almost thirty years into their career, the band are still exploring, searching, honing timeless psychedelic music to treasure forever, and who knows...if you play it enough, maybe those alien overlords will come and take you on that journey as well. Just ask David Crosby for advice - "Hey! Mr Spaceman, won't you please take me along, I won't do anything wrong!"

Five stars.

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 The Heavy Soul Sessions by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.13 | 39 ratings

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The Heavy Soul Sessions
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Vibrationbaby

5 stars Consider Djam Karet

I am listening to The Heavy Soul Sessions for the kazillionth time and like any DJAM KARET album it sounds like something weird recovered from the Roswell crash in 1947. I have compared these studio jam track versions with the earlier versions including the odd live version and it only proves one freaking thing. These guys keep on getting better and better. I can just imagine these cats sitting down to do this. No planning. No set list. Just honest playing revisiting previous projects. Improving.Heaviness galore here that you will not find in any live performance or organized studio recording. No pressure to appease an audience. Just guys doing what they do best and from their heart. Playing their brains out. Literally. A very cerebral and heartful album both for the players and the listener blasting this masterpiece on the headphones at 2 AM. Both the listener and the players are as one.

All that said the album is so well engineered and if the listener didn't read the CD liner notes he or she would be under the impression that this took months to produce. Myself I listened to The Heavy Soul Sessions without even having read the liner notes and thought to myself "well, these guys really took some time on this baby. " My advice is that if you happen across this gem don't read the liner notes until after about the fourth or fifth exposure to this unusual and suprising musical experience. But now I've given it away.

Hopefully not. Not all of it believe me.

There is no band in the universe playing at this technical and spiritual level. 5 stars is not enough. The Heavy Soul Sessions is a weird and wonderful treat.

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 The Trip by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 83 ratings

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The Trip
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Vibrationbaby

5 stars All Aboard Space Hippies. Get Your Tickets Ready

Hypothesise this :

A jam session with the Hawkwind lineup from 1972 who have been supplied with limitless amounts of LSD 25 , Tangerine Dream in the mindset of their Rubycon days and Cluster who have been convinced that this is a remake of Cluster 2 and an alien hypnotist has been called in from planet Zebulon 9 ( constellation unknown ) all expenses paid to convince them all that they are all virtuoso musicians at the top of their game. It is being secretly recorded and supervised by David Gilmour who is chief engineer, musical consultant and has final say on everything.

That's what you have here on this mind blowout.

The Trip by Djam Karet is a manifestation of ideas and concepts that tingle, capture and numb everything that has ever occurred within the inner mind and then some. This baby would have Timothy Leary running for cover. The sonic images conjured here make the Jupiter sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey seem like some sort of kids amusement park cheap tunnel of horrors.

Pure frightening brilliance.

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 The Trip by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 83 ratings

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The Trip
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by moshkito

5 stars Hi,

Djam Karet -- The Trip (47.08) (2013)

There was a time and place, when I thought that taking a trip required ... something ... to get you going, to get you excited, to allow yourself a moment of madness, of insanity, of ... sometimes there are no words for it ... moments when your inner self, simply goes away with some magickal enchantment, that none of us can properly define, but we love to spend time on it. I can tell you in my mind, how many times I sat down and listened to two very long pieces by Pink Floyd, Amon Duul 2 and others, in 1972 and 1973, and how much I enjoyed them under many conditions.

One of the things I learned was to simply close your eyes, and just let the movie happen ... let it pass by you ... and I did. For several years, I listened intently, quietly and introvertedly to these things ... until one day, I knew what the reflections from this firepool of a body were making suggestions that you were all about! The music, happened to be the enzyme that carries you there ... the actual train, as the notes on the flyer suggest, or the virtual rocket that takes you into the stratosphere, where you are ever the camera looking at ... the sky opens once, twice, three times ... and you groom your own psychosis now and then, wondering what all this ritual continuing is all about! Some of us love all that, though some are afraid of it.

I had never called, any of these a "trip", surprisingly enough, and I still do not look at them as a "trip", as I consider that "inner" side as important as the outer side, and thus I have always looked at my experience as a city with two tales, or a person with a mind awake and one asleep! And that is reversed during the night when your dream portal awakens!

I may have, over the years, lost (something or other), but not forgotten what all this felt like, and the river of no return is really what it all became for me ... the salmon might return, but we never did ... we could "remember" that moment, but we could not re-live it. It became a sacred land arose from the ashes ... a hungry ghost that still gathered your attention now and then ... swimming in a big sky, that never ended, seemed to have some dark clouds, but no rain ... always beautiful if we could take a screenshot of it all ... the ultimate dream portal in one's life.

So, it was quite a nice surprise, when I set about listening to "The Trip" ... and found that I was not going to have a single break, and that I was just going to have to close my eyes, and arise from the ashes of my inner slumber, and go camping with my friends in a new land, a sort of no man's land for those that are afraid ... but a visual treat that asks for a new sign, that might even say ... "for mad persons only".

So it is, with this piece of music. It's hard to believe that you just about do not hear the drums for at least 15 minutes, but it tells you that we're not in a hurry, that the band does not have to show off its musical prowess to impress you with the music! This is not about the music per se ... it's about the ability to enjoy a ... well ... a trip ... from here to ... and if you have the patience to enjoy and appreciate a continuity of sounds telling you a story that you can create similar to the one I just told you, then this is for you and then some.

It's too easy to say that this is just like those old days 40 years ago, when you had Pink Floyd doing these long things, you had Krautrock doing some eye-popping live experimentations, and of course, you had some reviewers telling you that something sounded like a washing machine, too, but they never bothered to go listen to their wives' washing machine doing their laundry ... later Faust in Germany made sure we knew the difference!

It might be suggested that during these 47 minutes or so, that a lot of different moods and styles come and go, and have your head go all Michelangelo, but in the end, amidst all the parts, that I refuse to call "solos" ... to me they are NOT, they are a visual illustration of the music's own story! ... there are many moments where you can hear many different areas of this band ... I can hear "Collaborator" once or twice, I can hear "Burning the Hard City" once or twice, I can hear ... many different parts, but ... what I'm hearing is not even related to those early parts ... this has a life of its own.

If there is a favorite part of this, for me, is the "No Commercial Potential" idea ... this is a complete piece that starts and comes to an end 48 minutes later ... if you are used to a more commercial concept and idea of music, you will not likely enjoy this at all, and the total dedication to the continuity of this piece until it's time is up, is excellent, and mature, and only shows that you have a band that is capable of defining and designing its music to be something ... that most of us will rarely listen to, hear, or look for.

This is DJam Karet at its best. Scary isn't it? 25 years of great music ... and still the light shines!

Of special note here, and one of the great things about this group, is the way that the guitars compliment each other. You are not likely to hear two more different guitars do so much and alternate parts so strongly as they do here, together, or separately! As I used to say, this is a welcome to the church of the electric guitar ... but now I have to update the statement to "welcome to the church of the inner language courtesy of Djam Karet!"

On the press release, there were some notes that give you a better idea of how "progressive" this band is, and how they did this work which has almost always been a throwback to the 1970's and the energy that those folks had when they did their work. You'll be glad to know that never has it sounded so good, and that "progressive" is alive and well in the hands of a group that knows what it means ... and makes sure they can take you there!

That name? Djam Karet. The album? "The Trip".

Sometimes, listening to music is an experience ... for which there are not enough words, there are not enough paints, and there are not enough notes ... with which to describe it. All you can do is ... sit ... and listen ... and then listen some more ... and then listen some more ... and this is what all the best trips always do you to and I, isn't it?

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 The Devouring by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.68 | 58 ratings

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The Devouring
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Perhaps the reason Suspension and Displacement is my favourite Djam Karet album is that whilst I like what they do on the ambient transitions and intros on their albums - such as the opening of Night of the Mexican Goat-Sucker on this album - the Crimsonian guitar jams which actually make up the bulk of their music on their usual albums leave me rather cold. It's technically impressive stuff and if you're really fond of instrumental guitar jams with a prog sensitivity it's worth giving it a go - you might enjoy it more than me - but I wouldn't say it particularly cries out for wider attention or acclaim.

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 Suspension & Displacement by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.17 | 29 ratings

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Suspension & Displacement
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Djam Karet's Suspension and Displacement is a long way away from being a typical release for the group, which might explain why it seems rather underrated here. It's the brother album to Burning the Hard City, which showcased the band's more energetic and rock-oriented side; Suspension and Displacement, then, is the precise opposite, a collection of languid ambient soundscapes intended to highlight the more laid-back and contemplative aspects of the group's sound. Occupying the same sort of sonic universe as group hero Robert Fripp's own work in Frippertronics, those hoping for yet another dark Crimsonian riff-fest will be disappointed, but approach it as an ambient album and there's lots to enjoy in the dark corners of these tracks.

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