|23 Apr 2013||HC Productions||HC016|
Released on 23 Apr 2013 by HC Productions
Digitally recorded at White Arrow Studios by Chuck Oken, Jr.
Mixed and Mastered by Gayle Ellett
The Trip is the first album by Djam Karet that I have ever listened to, even though I have heard of the band and read reviews, I never actually got my hands on one of their CDs. So my review of The Trip will be done with fresh ears.
The Trip consist of one 45+ minutes instrumental track of spacey progressive rock in the "early seventies" tradition. It starts pretty slowly, gradually building up in intensity and emotion. At the beginning of the piece I am reminded (sonicallly and mood wise) of Porcupine Tree's album The Sky Moves Sideways (and to a lesser extent Voyage 34 The Complete Trip). Also, because of the very rich orchestration, I can even detect a hint of The Alan Parsons Project (but with no commercial leanings at all). Gradually The Trip evolves in more psychedelic and intense territories and an obvious (at least to me) reference can be made to Pink Floyd's "Echoes" from their Meddle album. In it's last sections the piece revisists earlier moods until it ends in delicate and emotional fashion.
In my opinion The Trip is a great album. It got me hooked on music from a genre (Instrumental Space Progressive Rock) I do not usually indulge myself much in. References can be made to other bands, as I have done in this review, but don't be mistaken The Trip is a totally original piece of music. The musician's performances are all excellent and the production is one of the reasons I made a reference to Alan Parson...
Djam Karet have produced what I consider to be a Space Rock Masterpiece. A great album that I recommend wholeheartedly. Bravo!