Carlton Melton


Two promotional entities, The Beauty Witch and Grey Lantern, have joined forces to bring California’s Carlton Melton to Soup Kitchen tonight for a hotly anticipated showing following the release of their latest album, Mind Minerals, which came out last week – the band’s first since 2015.

The band Carlton Melton were formed in July 2008, kindred spirits of a desire to play live, loud, improvised, experimental, instrumental, psychedelic music in a geodesic dome which had been discussed for many years prior to this date. The opportunity came to fruition after the dome was completely rebuilt and the acoustic sounds inside were fully realised. The music that results is improvised in the sense that no one really knows who or what is going to happen at any given time.

Admittedly, this music is not for everyone but that hasn’t stopped Andy Duvall (drums/guitar), Clint Golden (bass guitar), and Rich Millman (guitar/synth) from doing it anyone and tonight’s busy venue is testimony that there are enough like-minded souls out there.

As with many of their sets, the songs are indistinct and so to try and compile a list of tracks they played proves problematic so instead a summary; loud, lingering psychedelia which forces its way through the barriers of the mind to induce a trance-like state – they are shamans of music and their talent is undeniable. Having not known exactly what to expect from tonight’s show, I leave with a copy of the new LP on vinyl and a feeling that as live performances go, that will take some beating this year.

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Lover of all things psych and shoegaze and the mind behind Astral Elevator; constantly seeking new musical experiences in a world full of noise.