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Cosmic rock’s prolific bong voyagers Carlton Melton are back once again this week with yet another full-length offering of hypno-drones deep space whooshes and bobbling repeato riffs. In case you’re unfamiliar with this lot by now, they specialise in a head-nodding soup of astral drones and krauty propulsion which aims for a weightlessly drifting chunter rather than the more bombastic fuzz riffing of weed-slurping contemporaries like White Hills or The Heads.
This album’s centrepiece ‘Spiderwebs’ seems to sum up that aesthetic, with layer upon layer of sleepy synth drift rubbing shoulders with echoey guitar twinkles that ebb and flow gently through you, massaging you into a state of slack-jawed oblivion. This album also contains some of their more outré rockism, though, with ‘Keeping On’ and ‘Sarsen’ both breaking your reverie with buzzing layers of fuzz and bouncy krautrock rhythms that keep sounding like they’re going to burst into a full-bore psychedelic rock out but never do.
There’s something strangely syrupy and viscous about their sound, all the swirling, slowly morphing layers of gloopy, indistinct synth and guitar, snatches of melody but no hooks to speak of, always something intangible and just beyond your grasp that keeps you coming back to try and get your head around it properly. They’re a band who can sometimes require a little patience (and preferably a lot of smoke) but this album seems like the most palatable distillation of their sound to date. A tasty slice of hypno-rock.
8/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 22nd September 2013
"Another winning hypno-missive from within the cosmic centre of their geodesic dome-cum-studio..."
Read the full review here: http://www.sicmagazine.net/6309/carlton-melton-always-even/
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