September 16, 2017

Coming In October:

Herd of Instinct: Drone Priest (#FP007)
For over a decade, Herd of Instinct - that Little Ole Obscure Prog Band from Texas - has quietly created a body of work that reflects the wild diversity that is Prog Rock. Their newly released fourth album, Drone Priest, on Djam Karet's Firepool Records, takes the listener on a journey exploring mood, texture, and experimental song structures. The most dynamic and varied album the band has produced to-date, Drone Priest seamlessly layers elements of prog, post rock, ambient drones, jazz, and complex percussion, while showcasing Warr guitar and synths to create a unique blend of genres. Composed by Mark Cook (Spoke of Shadows, Hands, Liquid Sound Company), Drone Priest features guests Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet), Marco Machera (EchoTest), and Bill Bachman (Spoke of Shadows, Michael Harris, Neil Morse).

Spoke of Shadows: II (#FP008)
Spoke of Shadows is progressive rock for the 21st Century. Inspired, melodic and meticulously constructed, the duo visits mysterious mindscapes while displaying musicianship of the highest caliber. Now, Texas's own prog rock darling, Spoke of Shadows has finally returned with a sequel, Spoke of Shadows II, released by Djam Karet's Firepool Records. Spoke of Shadows is Mark Cook (Herd of Instinct, Hands, Liquid Sound Company) on Warr guitar, fretless bass, guitar, and keyboards, and Bill Bachman on drums & percussion (Neal Morse, Michael Harris and world renowned drum author/educator).

March 5, 2017

We have added a link to the DK Echoes Broadcast for all of those who would like to hear the show. It can be found below in the 2/21 news. We have also added some excerpts from reviews for Sonic Celluloid and those can be found here.

Ultima Thule in the UK is doing a limited CDR release of the long out of print Djam Karet Kafka's Breakfast cassette tape. All of the music has been carefully transferred by the Freeman Brothers to the digital realm and re-equalized by Gayle Ellett. This collection consists of four studio songs from the pre Djam Karet era of Happy Cancer - gloriously inspired prog with strong ties to Gong, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Soft Machine. The 5th song is an almost 30 minute improvisation from The Riutal Continues sessions and is a wild ride of ethnic fusion glory. It is a release that has stood the sands of times and for those of you who that love the compact disc as we do, it is pretty essential DK listening. All ordering information of this limited item can be found here.

February 21, 2017

John Diliberto and the crew over at Echoes interviewed both Chuck and Gayle as the guys talk about Sonic Celluloid. It was broadcasted on over 180 stations in the USA on Monday, Feb 20th. Please click here to listen to that 30 minute interview of talk and music.

January 27, 2017

Today is the official release day for Sonic Celluloid! You can find the physical CD here at the DK Store as well as at Wayside Music, The Lasers Edge, and Syn-Phonic in the USA. Digital downloads of the entire cd or individual tracks are available on Bandcamp, CDBaby, and iTunes. Thanks to all of you who pre-ordered the release as your interest means a lot to all who are involved.

To celebrate the release, we have a video below from Sonic Celluloid. Saul Says So is by DK's own Gayle Ellett and Mike Rafferty.

Djam Karet: Sonic Celluloid

The new album Sonic Celluloid is the 18th album released by American instrumental group Djam Karet. Formed 33 years ago in 1984, Djam Karet celebrates the new year with a collection of all-new music filled with memorable melodies, wailing guitar solos, Minimoogs, Mellotrons, and more. With a laid back Southern California vibe, the punchy drums and fat bass hold down a slowly evolving groove, as analog keyboards and classic electric guitars rock on. The addition of found-sounds including ocean waves, industrial machines and trains, wind chimes and crowds, etc, all help to give this album a rather dreamy and immersive quality. These 10 instrumental tracks were recorded with a pristine sound quality, and without any compression or computer manipulation. All music is played by hand the old-fashioned way!

Even though Sonic Celluloid is an instrumental album, it is all about how sound can be like cinema, how music can be like a movie. Said band member Gayle Ellett "Many people have told us that listening to our music is like seeing mini-movies in your mind. And on Sonic Celluloid, we've really focused in on this cinematic aspect of our sound. Not 'soundtrack-type' music, but music as film. Hence the title."

Sonic Celluloid includes all four founding members of Djam Karet: Chuck Oken jr, Henry Osborne, Mike Henderson, and Gayle Ellett, as well as Aaron Kenyon and Mike Murray. All six play (to varying degrees) on the new album. Everyone contributed as much or as little as they wanted to, with the huge bulk of the work being done mostly by Ellett and Oken. Chuck Oken jr, wrote the foundational synth chords and electric and acoustic sequences that form the backbone of much of the music, by utilizing his collection of analog and digital synths and sequencers. Ellett, in turn, wrote most of the melodies and played all of the guitar solos, and contributed the more traditional keyboard sounds including Minimoog, Mellotron, Rhodes and Hammond organ. Ellett also mixed and produced the album after hundreds of hours of critical listening and review.

Most of the tracks on the new release are very layered, filled with electric and acoustic bits and melodies that harken to Gabriel era Genesis, Mike Oldfield, Vangelis and Jan Hammer. Long time DK fans will feel threads and connections to The Devouring, Suspension & Displacement, Ascension, and most recently The Trip.