|25 Feb 2014||HC Productions||HC017|
Released on 25 February, 2014 by HC PRoductions
Last year I reviewed Djam Karet’s excellent CD The Trip. About that CD I wrote: “it evolves in psychedelic and intense territories and a reference can be made to Pink Floyd's Echoes
Now, barely one year later, Djam Karet are back with another instrumental album: Regenerator 3017. I admit I was expecting a lot form this CD, but was also a bit anxious, because of the quality level of its recent predecessor. Also I did not really want to hear something to close to The Trip. Well my reservations were not warranted at all. Sure there are some similarities between the two albums; just about 40 minutes of instrumental old style Psych/Prog, and I still hear some early Pink Floyd influences, but to a much lesser extent. Regenerator 3017 is not a continuous piece of music, but consists of seven tracks ranging from 4 minutes to 8 minutes. They do fit very well together, having an obvious (at least to me) common thread between them.
If I were to pick a band and album as a reference for Regenerator 3017, it would be Camel’s Snow Goose. Also, when the music gets livelier, I am reminded of Happy the Man, mostly because of the “conversations” between keyboards and guitar. Again, I mention these bands only to give the reader an idea of what to expect, because the music on Regenator 3017 is not at all derivative in a "copy cat" sort of way.
Regenerator 3017 is certainly an excellent album. Those into the bands and albums I have listed in this review should really seek it out. Good news, it can be heard in its entirety on Djam Karet’s Bandcamp page.
Personally I always was a bit cold about instrumental Prog albums. But once in a while, a record really hit the mark with me, like Camel’s Snow Goose, that still to this day I cherish and listen to regularly. Well I’m convinced that Regenerator 3017 is one of these albums.
My highest recommendation indeed.