News: According to the band's Facebook posting: "Djam Karet's 18th album will be called: Sonic Celluloid. I just sent it off to the factory for pressing. It's our most melodic album yet, with more acoustic instruments, and more Mellotron & Moog, then any of our previous 17 albums! Due for release in late January - early February 2017." This has now been confirmed for January 27. Oh - this is their debut on UTR.
Location: Los Angeles area, California
Overview: When Djam Karet first popped onto the scene, they were a breath of fresh air. Nobody, and I mean nobody, was doing improvisational space rock jams in 1985. Especially here in the States. By the time of Reflections from the Firepool (1989), the band were firing on all cylinders, leading the pack in instrumental space rock, recalling the greats like Amon Duul II. But then they lost their way, unsure of their own identity. The 2 separate CD experiment of Burning the Hard City and Suspension and Displacement demonstrated cracks in the foundation - a band torn between progressive rock and electronic. They were met with mixed reviews at the time. Their slight at the first ProgFest seemed to unwind the band further, including personnel shifts, until regaining their feet again with the brilliant The Devouring (1997). Since that time, Djam Karet have released reliably great instrumental prog/space rock. I do feel that Djam Karet are taken for granted, and are too often an afterthought when discussing great prog bands from the USA. Currently I own 13 of their albums, and likely to be 14 based on the news. And yet, I haven't managed one decent review for them (just a couple of scribblings). I need to change that.
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