Djam Karet — The Trip
(HC Productions HC, 2013, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-05-11
The indonesian subtitle Itu perjalanan – Keluar dari pikiran anda roughly translates to "The trip – Outside of your thoughts," which is an appropriate starting point in describing this latest offering from Djam Karet, a single forty-seven minute multi-part suite for five multi-instrumentalists. After listening to this a dozen or so times and trying to count and itemize all the different sections as the piece progresses and evolves, the music quickly draws me in and I completely lose track of where I am, instead becoming part of that organic flow and constant evolution, riding the flux and ending up in some completely different place where the mechanics of the composition is irrelevant. Those who are familiar with Djam Karet's previous work – everything from the floating ambient to the incisive rock, will be right at home within this expanded sonic wonderworld. The band is now officially a five piece, with Mike Murray (from Hillmen) joining on guitar, while Gayle Ellett has moved over to keyboards and flute almost exclusively; the only thing he plays with strings now is the Greek bouzouki (a larger member of the mandolin family). Since several sections of this epic feature lengthy quiet passages, drummer Chuck Oken now spends more time with synths, samples and processing. Mike Henderson and Aaron Kenyon, on guitar and bass respectively, round out this new five-piece version of the band. This one was mixed differently that most of the band's previous efforts, in that even in the heavier guitar parts, one can still hear all the sonic detail and layering of the other instrumentation in the background. If there ever was an album that was made for headphone listening, this is most certainly it.
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more