|10 Oct 2015||HC Productions||HC018|
The music on Swamp of Dreams is a collection of older tunes that were originally only available as individuals tracks on different compilation CDs and fund-raiser albums, released between 1990 and 2006. These compilations and fund-raiser albums include: Holland's IO Pages Magazine's "A Decade Of Prog" CD and a Hurricane Katrina/Habitat For Humanity fund-raiser called "After The Storm", among others.
All of the music has been re-mastered with an increased dynamic range, and greater clarity and punch.
Swamp of Dreams is a collection of non-album tracks. The first four range from 2006 to 2001 and the last two are from 1990. Since this is a collection of songs coming from different sources, there is not the cohesiveness of recent Djam Karet albums that impressed me quite a lot. Still, the first five tracks make for a very interesting listen, featuring some Pink Floyd, early Porcupine Tree and Peter Gabriel (i.e San Jacinto, Across the River, Exposure) influences. The last song (the title track) is the only one that sounds dated, a bit like listening to an instrumental passage from IQ's The Wake.
Swamp of Dreams may not be an essential purchase for Djam Karet fans, but if you decide to put out a few $ for it, you will certainly have an enjoyable experience listening to this CD.