Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Suspension & Displacement
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
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Best "Ambient" Album of 1991
P. A. Agnew | Wellington New Zealand | 01/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Djam Karet are a Los Angeles progressive rock quartet founded in 1984. Their first two releases, "No Commercial Potential" (1985) and "The Ritual Continues" (1987) were private cassettes of totally improvised music. In 1989, Djam Karet gave us their first proper "composed" release with "Reflections From The Firepool." That album highlighted their two primary influences - Pink Floyd and King Crimson.But although "Firepool" was a triumph, it was also a little schizophrenic. The savage blasts of "Red" era King Crimson did not sit all that well with the spaced-out ambience of "Wish You Were Here" Pink Floyd. And so in 1991, Djam Karet split the two musical avenues into two complimentary releases: the guitar based, metallic "Burning the Hard City" and the quieter, textured "Suspension and Displacement." Until recently, both these albums were difficult to locate, but with Cuneiform Record's decision to reissue them, many more people have a chance to enjoy this exceptional band. Both "Burning the Hard City" and "Suspension and Displacement" were excellent releases and the latter, in my opinion, was the better of the two."Suspension and Displacement" is wholly instrumental and it emphasises the band's Pink Floyd tendencies. But as with "Burning the Hard City" Djam Karet do not settle for simply aping one of their major sources of inspiration. This is no more evident than in the opening track "Dark Clouds, No Rain." Here, the band combine Floydian soundscapes with the work of Fripp and Eno. (The weird opening "drone" on this track recalls "The Heavenly Music Corporation.") As this 12 minute piece continues, ethnic influences begin to make their presence felt. The song becomes a collage of different musical sounds, ranging from exotic percussion to acoustic guitar. A compelling and highly original track, and the same can be said for the rest of the album.Similarly, the sampling is fascinating, to say the least. Take the track "Consider Figure Three." The band somehow manage to enfold a medical school lecture (seriously!) into the piece, and the varieties of sampling elsewhere are far from ordinary. The band's exotic instrumentation and sampling are rounded off with several acoustic guitar segments, but on the whole, the electric guitar is banished to "Burning the Hard City."So far as songwriting is concerned, Djam Karet have yet to better this album. Musical ideas are developed convincingly throughout. It is this attention to songcraft that sets this album far apart from most other ambient/new age releases. So far as progressive rock was concerned, this album did enter genuinely new territory.If you enjoy this album, it will certainly be worth your time and effort tracking down their 1994 release "Collaborator" which, with the help of supporting musicians Kit Watkins and Steve Roach, follows through on some of the musical paths hinted at on "Suspension and Displacement." Hopefully, it will not be long before Cuneiform Records reissues that album too."
projecktzero | Colorado Springs, Colorado United States | 04/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had picked up Burning The Hard City as my first Djam CD. I was disappointed with it. I read that Suspension & Displacement was the Yin to Burning The Hard City's Yang. I took a chance and picked up Suspension & Displacement. It wouldn't call it completely ambient. At least not Brian Eno ambient. I'd call it right brain music. It's well produced with very creative distinct songs."