Southern California-based progressive rock band, “Djam Karet’s latest effort may indeed represent the logical link between the hard hitting, Live At Orion and the melodically tinged yet equally powerful, The Devouring. With this newly released outing, the quartet produces shrewdly conceived textural arrangements via well-placed synth textures, crisp, slicing electric lead guitar lines, impacting crunch chords and hammering rhythms.
The piece titled “No Man’s Land,” is all about contrasting elements amid subtly rendered EFX, atmospheric underpinnings, and a straightforward hard rock approach. However, “All Clear” features Gayle Ellett’s catchy organ-based motifs in concert with the musicians’ melding of 70’s style and somewhat brazen prog-rock musings along with slight injections of quasi-psychedelic treatments. Here, the soloists’ pursue climactic opuses atop suspenseful orchestrations, Mike Henderson’s wistful electric slide guitar work and their altogether forward thinking strategies. - Highlights abound throughout, as the musicians’ also embed unobtrusive doses of space rock, ambient electronic passages, and homespun electro/acoustic interludes into their rather diverse bag of tricks as the band’s rich legacy continues to unfold with each subsequent release. Recommended!
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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