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Sonic Celluloid

by Djam Karet

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 & dreamy visions.
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1. Saul Says So
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2. Forced Perspective
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3. Long Shot
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4. No Narration Needed
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5. Numerous Mechanical Circles
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6. Oceanside Exterior
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7. Au Revoir Au Reve
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8. Flashback
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9. Lower
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10. The Denouement Device
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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 and 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. Additional found-sounds were also added in, including ocean waves, industrial machines and trains, cars racing through the canyon late at night, wind chimes and crowds, etc, all helping 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. Sure to become a fan favorite!

In order to maintain a more dynamic sound, this album was recorded without compression.

Reviews of previous Djam Karet albums include:

"Pink Floydian dreamscapes intersect with the jagged complexity of King Crimson and the improv-guitar happenstance of the Grateful Dead"

"Never less than exhilarating in its virtuoso interplay, while never succumbing to jam band histrionics''
BILLBOARD magazine

"Hose down your living room, or your furniture will be burned to a cinder by the intense guitar playing of Gayle Ellett and Mike Henderson"

"Guitars crunch, slash, crash and bang through a bundle of hard driving prog rock cookers. Think 1973 and King Crimson"
KEYBOARD magazine

"The greatest undiscovered band in the world! Rivals the glory days of Pink Floyd"



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