Country Ways released 9th May
UK Dates Confirmed for April 

Label: Agitated (CD & D/L) / Mid To Late Records (Ltd Ed LP)
For Fans Of: White Hills, Wooden Shjips, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, The Heads

“intense, sweet, headnodding psych”

this is a beautiful, haunting and epic piece of art.” Sonic Abuse
the whole trip really digging deep into your third eye.” Rough Trade Shops

The San Franciscan four-piece Carlton Melton release Country Ways (Agitated), a new jam of gargantuan proportions. 

Featuring former Zen Guerilla members, Andy Duvall (guitar and drums) and Rich Millman (guitar and synthesizers) alongside Brian McDougall (drums) and John Steuernagel (bass), Country Ways is their second album conjuring
colossal riff laden dronescapes and parched psychedelically enhanced spacerock creating a mind altering magick carpet ride down the Californian highway…. Loud, uncompromising, and yet not a blundering stoned beast, this album has levels of delicate pastoral San Franciscan psych blowing through the almost freeform spaced noise jam.

Unlike many of their contemporaries, White Hills, Wooden Ships, Cave, Steve Hillage, Bardo Pond, White Noise Sound etc. Carlton Melton are less concerned with the pulse, rhythm, and the groove, as they are with the SOUND, and the VIBE, weaving lush, expansive sprawls of FX drenched psychedelic ambience; drifting more often than driving, huge clouds of swirling wah guitars, and minimal spare drumming, existing more as a pulse, than a beat -  the band drift weightless though swirling starlit sonic skies before the descent into trance inducing drones burrowing deep into the earth. Their sound - loose, free, abstract and ephemeral.

Carlton Melton have made two albums since they formed in 2008, and for several reasons these recordings are unique. For one, they were recorded in what is known as a geodesic dome in rural Mendocino County, north of San Francisco. These domes are typically large spherical buildings shaped like golf balls used as homes for the green-minded, greenhouses, theatres or whatever. Carlton Melton's dome is miles away from anywhere and is hollow. The place makes Bron Yr Aur look state-of-the-art, so unequipped to record music is it. Yet the band love it, and its ruggedness is there in the music.  Their first album Pass It On released on vinyl in 2009 by Mid To late (the band’s own label) was proclaimed by J Mascis as his favourite of the year.  It was re-released in UK/EU by Agitated records in May 2010. 

J Mascis recently jammed with the band live in San Francisco on a version of Pink Floyd’s “When Your In”.

17-Apr UK London Underworld with Acid King
18-Apr UK London Rough Trade In Store with Mugstar @7pm
18-Apr UK London Victory with Mugstar and Deathscalator
@ Kingsland Road, Dalston
19-Apr UK Liverpool Don't Drop The Dumbells with Alexander Tucker
@ 24 - 28 Hardman Street Liverpool
20-Apr UK Brighton Hectors House co-headline with Liturgy

Carlton Melton
Country Ways 

Release Date:  9th May 2001
CD & D/L (
Agitated Records) 
Ltd Ed LP (
Mid To Late Records 

Country Ways
Full Moon Revisted
Harrington Fair
Use Your Words
Night Flight
The One That Got Away (Extended Version)
March of the Cicadas  (Live on KZSU)

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