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Unlike contemporaries like White Hills, Wooden Shjips, Cave, White Noise Sound etc. Carlton Melton are less concerned with pulse, rhythm or groove than they are with the SOUND, and the VIBE; drifting more often than driving, huge clouds of swirling wah guitars, and minimalist drumming. The band float weightlessly though swirling star-lit sonic skies before their descent into trance-inducing drones - burrowing deep into the earth.
Carlton Melton formed along the Mendocino County coastline mid 2008, born out of a desire to test sonic theory – playing live, loud, improvised, experimental, instrumental, psychedelia in a geodesic dome. The idea had been discussed for many years but it wasn’t until the dome was completely rebuilt that the idea could be put into motion. Their first album, Pass It On, was released on vinyl in 2009 on the band’s own label and quickly won high praise from j mascis. The follow-up, Country Ways, came out the following year to enormous acclaim from U.K. press:
“intense, sweet, headnodding psych” Uncut
“a dizzying, disembodied dose of fucked up space psych drug-DOME bliss!!” Roadburn
“psychedelia at it’s most expansive and exquisite” Kerrang
“….horizon sweeping afterglow….” Mojo
Carlton Melton = a mind-altering magick carpet ride down the Californian highway.