DJ Tom Gagliardi's listeners on Gagliarchives Radio Show (88.9FM, and hearable in three states) have voted our current album: The Trip ... as "#6 Album
Of The Year" out of almost 1000 releases submitted!!! For such a non-commercial album, that's pretty neat! Many Thanks to Tom and his listeners for giving us such support! We greatly appreciate it.
December 11, 2013
Next year is very special to us, because its our 30th anniversary together as a band!
We'll be celebrating it with a brand new album, titled "Regenerator 3017". It features all of the original members of the group, and its filled entirely with all new music! This album will be released in
February 2014, and features stunning production. We will also have a 4-minute pre-view video sampler posted up on youtube in early January 2014, created by the great Dimitriadis Tasos. This video sampler will
give you a taste of the new album, and a hint of things to come.
And we're also planning on re-releasing some older DK CDs (remastered, with bonus tracks) and we're looking into some possible live shows for 2014.
So stay tuned for more details! Its going to be a busy year!
October 4, 2013
The Drive to 2014 and the DK 30th Anniversary Continues.....
Final recording for the new studio record concludes at the end of this month. Solos and sounds are hitting the both the tape and the floor. It feels like as you get older you are just as excited about
recording as you were when you were young, but where you have already gone in the past hangs over you and challenges you to go deeper. It also seems that it takes longer, but there is so much more to do in
life now. The 30th Anniversary of Djam Karet (2014) will be surrounded by a series of 2 CD set Re-issues of most of our out of print CD titles that will include bonus tracks and remastering as well as the
release of the new studio album. We are glad to report that contrary to rumors circulating on the interweb, there will be no vocalist on this release yet again. Djam Karet will continue to talk in pictures,
and not in words, as it was 30 years ago in a dark basement of an old building where the wails of feedback began.
July 21, 2013
Congratulations to Herd of Instinct for being chosen to perform at the 19th annual ProgDay Festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina held on the weekend of 8/31 and 9/1. For more information on that festival,
please go here. It is a great festival and the overall lineup is coming together nicely.
Reviews are still coming in for The Trip and we are very pleased with them. We thank all of you for really taking the time to listen to this release and going somewhere deep with us. We are currently
recording new DK tracks for releases of new music that should be coming out beginning in early 2014.
"For the past 29 years Topanga, California has been the home base for Djam Karet, one of America's premiere instrumental progressive rock groups. With the 2013 release "The Trip", this may well be their
finest ambient electronic soundscape. Not only do I highly recommend the album to fans of adventurous experimental music...but I also suggest you get yourself a good set of head-phones to experience the full
Dutch Progessive Rock Page (Netherlands)
Raffaella Berry's Review: 8 out of 10 stars
"Lovers of early Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream and Krautrock - as well as space-rock freaks - will not fail to love The Trip, and hope that Djam Karet will finally come out of hibernation and get back on stage
to perform their music before an appreciative audience."
Roger Trenwith's Review: 8 out of 10 stars
"Major Jason cuts a lonely figure walking across the tarmac, the acoustic guitar refrain written by his good friend Mike for the occasion playing in his ear buds. Suited up and carrying his temporary oxygen
supply in what looks from a distance to be a padded briefcase, he seems every inch the commuter on his way from the car park to his office. There is an underlying current of darkness that Jason embraces, no
longer afraid. "I'm alone in this tin can" he says aloud and smiles inwardly, and probably outwardly, for there is no-one here to see. We have come full circle and a strange but thoroughly enjoyable trip it
has been, too."
TRANSLATED to ENGLISH
"The result is a musical journey that goes straight to the subconscious, which despite beingcalm and mellow is paradoxically, in perpetual change, in constant evolution while taking us to new and unexpected
places. With this new album they continue to reaffirm the status of Djam Karet as an institution of artistic freedom, and with a personal commitment to their own musical values."
"The Trip by Djam Karet is a manifestation of ideas and concepts that tingle, capture and numb everything that has ever occurred within the inner mind and then some. This baby would have Timothy Leary
running for cover. The sonic images conjured here make the Jupiter sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey seem like some sort of kids amusement park cheap tunnel of horrors. Pure frightening brilliance."
5 out of 5 stars
The Rocktologist (Italy)
"American giants of instrumental progressive rock return with their brand new album, The Trip. They keep their focus or to put it better, purpose. There's a real sense of purpose throughout the album, as if
the guys know exactly where this trip is going, even though it might seem like it's taking a long time to come to its point for some people. Only the ending is reserved for some heavier stuff, more
appetising for fans of classic prog rock. The album is like swimming in a peaceful ocean. It's a long way from boring though. The ocean might be serene, but it's full of interesting creatures and wondrous
9 out of 10.
June 3, 2013:
Reviews are now pouring in for The Trip from around the world. Here are some more highlights:
DEAD EARNEST (UK): "The way this music evolves is simply breathtaking and, at no point, not even for a second, do you lose the way, lose concentration or become anything than utterly
mesmerised by the sheer breadth of playing and structure, atmosphere and emotion, textures, melodies and rhythms now flowing as one with purpose and conviction. The Floyd feel is there, as the organ moves a
bit more upfront, but the spirited twin guitar leads give much more of an electrifying feel than Gilmour could ever do on his own, as heated leads break out of orbit like solar flares escaping from the
EXAMINER (USA): "The Trip" is a single 47 minute track, but it doesn't feel that long as you listen to it. In many ways, it's the 21st century version of Genesis's "The Waiting Room"
(from the landmark 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'), but it's not meant as an homage in any respect, rather, it was done completely subconsciously."
LEICESTER BANGS (UK): ""The Trip" shows that Djam Karet still hold a torch for their 1970's forefathers - namely England's space-prog rockers, King Crimson or Pink Floyd and
Germany's electronically inclined Cluster, Tangerine Dream and Harmonia - and continue to mine cannabinoid landscapes for strange and mysterious leads. So load your pipe, stick your headphones on, and head
out into the intergalactic airwaves."
PROGGIES (SWITZERLAND): ""If you get involved in The Trip, the new album by probably the best jam rock band ever, you will have reached a new consciousness beyond the imagination. The
music makes you dream, float and lose oneself. Wide soundscapes, psychedelic melodies, but also trippy sound effects provide an entertaining three-quarter hour. Fans of Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, would be
PROGPLANET (DENMARK): "Homage to the fine psychedelic days of smoke and flowers"
TRAVERSES MAGAZINE (FRANCE): "DJAM KARET takes us on an exploration that will appeal to lovers of the music and soundscapes of the 1970's. This album is full of inventiveness and
intensity, mixing a lot of styles, sounds and atmospheres. Between acoustic passages, the music is purely progressive electronic, cosmic and spacey, but also there is some really dazzling rock (especially
towards the end), as the group likes to explore and rushes forward quite brilliantly in the best tradition of the great albums of the seventies, from psychedelia to Floydien krautrock and cosmic
There is a new fan-website by Dutch fan Ben Wiegers. Ben has been a friend of ours for decades, and years ago he created the first version of this website. Now it has been totally re-done! Come on over and
take a look (in both English and Dutch) and delve deeper into Djam Karet.
A digital version of the out of print 2001 album ASCENSION has now been posted on Bandcamp. This release was a companion release to NEW DARK AGE and remains one of our favorites. It has some beautiful acoustic/electric moments such as "SWIMMING
IN THE BIG SKY" as well as the original version of very Pink Floyd/Lars Van Trier inspired "THE HANGING TREE" and a very pre-Trip like track with the 16 minute "DISINTEGRATION". Please go here to sample.
May 14, 2013:
Reviews are beginning to come in for The Trip. Here are some samples:
EXPOSE: "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."
LASER'S EDGE: "Arguably the best American prog band going present us with their first album in 8 years. Its' a 47 minute mindf**k of a journey - just one long continuous track. It starts out
in quiet, ambient territory and then transmogrifies into something else. Guitar leads snake to the fore and then disappear, Mellotrons and Moogs carry you along into the deepest regions of your mind. Flute
and bouzouki and there...and then they are gone. Intense stuff that walks a similar path to early 70s Pink Floyd. The band recommends you listen with headphones. I agree! Highly recommended."
PEDRO SENA: "So, it was quite a nice surprise, when I set about listening to "The Trip" ... and found that I was not going to have a single break, and that I was just going to have to close my
eyes, and arise from the ashes of my inner slumber, and go camping with my friends in a new land, a sort of no man's land for those that are afraid ... but a visual treat that asks for a new sign, that might
even say ... "for mad persons only". ....This is Djam Karet at its best. Scary isn't it? 25 years of great music ... and still the light shines!"
We have also made the complete version of "The Trip" available as a digital download for only $9.99 via Bandcamp. We plan on adding other Djam Karet
out of print titles over the next 45 days to the Bandcamp site and to the DK Store. Thank you once again for your support!
April 23, 2013:
Welcome to the new website! We have reorganized things into a new package to celebrate the release of The Trip. Begin your explorations by clicking on Stamp 29 and
experiencing a Mini Trip. Check out our updated biography and discography. Browse the Store and check out Djam Karet releases as well as those from our label Firepool Records and Related Projects from Djam
Karet members. We have combed YouTube and put up some of the best videos from all over the world that you have created to our music. Have a question or a comment - Contact Us as we do like to hear from
you. All of this and more to come in the drive to 2014 and our 30 year anniversary.
April 18th, 2013:
Right now we are hard at work in the studio recording music for two new albums due out this Winter. So far, about ten instrumental tunes have been recorded, and many more are in the works. It is all going
quite well. Some of the music is rather Fusiony, some has strong Rock and melodic elements, and some of it is Electronic-based. Both Henry Osborne and Aaron Kenyon are involved on these projects. Later on,
we will be posting up some new music samples of how these albums are developing. so stay tuned! Also, our new album "The Trip" is going to be officially released next week, but is available now on Pre-Sale,
so we are all quite happy about how things are progressing.
April 8, 2013
Set the controls ahead for the release date of "The Trip"! The first all new Djam Karet album in 8 years will be released on compact disc Tuesday April 23, 2013. But we are making this available at a
special Pre-Order price of $9.99 plus shipping, for early orders starting Monday April 8th. (The price after the official release date will be $12.00 plus shipping). Please go HERE to hear samples of the CD, and please click HERE to purchase your travel ticket and begin your
experience! "The Trip" features one single 47 minute-long track, a psychedelic journey through your mind's eye, a classic soundtrack of a trip to places both familiar and otherworldly. Come see for yourself
the wondrous world of Djam Karet.
March 24, 2013
Final mixes for Djam Karet's "The Trip" are completed as well as the artwork. The complete CD package is off at the manufacturing plant and we are scheduling the release for the first half of May. "The Trip"
is the first studio release of all new music from Djam Karet in 8 years! It features one single 47 minute-long track, a psychedelic journey through your mind's eye, the soundtrack of a trip to places both
familiar and otherworldly. You can enjoy almost 10 minutes of the release which has been re-mixed into a "Mini-Trip." Many thanks to Dimitriadis Tasos for his incredible images, video work, and understanding
the time and space of our music.
Reviews for the latest release on Firepool Records, Herd Of Instinct's "Conjure", are coming in from around the globe. Click on the reviews' name for the full review:
"The influences...well...look no further than the opening track "Praxis" and you'll find 40 years of UK Prog and French exploration (in particular Crimso and Heldon) assembled into a melting pot that makes you gasp at its breadth and stature, quality and cohesion."
PROGGNOSIS: "Conjure is a CD that should not be missed by any fan of instrumental technical Prog, something King Crimson used to give us. Highly recommended indeed."
PROGMISTRESS: "....with its sophistication and eclecticism, it strengthens the band's reputation as one of the most interesting presences in the variegated "instrumental prog" universe, and will not disappoint those who had appreciated their debut."
PROGRESSIVE ROCK CENTRAL: "Although it's still early in the year, Herd of instinct's new album titled Conjure is certainly destined to be one of the best progressive rock releases of the year."
THE ROCKTOLOGIST: "I have to say that at times I was reminded by King Crimson, not so much for the sound but for the relentless passion of discovering new musical territory, the combination of atmospheric moments and heavy hard rock assaults, and for the off-kilter soloing they often employ. 9 out of 10."