You may have heard of the Taos Hum: an unexplained low-frequency drone that tormented residents of Taos, New Mexico, to the point where they petitioned Congress to investigate. The Hum may have been a nuisance to them, but Californian psych merchants Carlton Melton would probably prefer to increase its volume and allow the whole world to be enveloped by its hypnotic monotony.
Carlton Melton: Photos Of Photos
Extraordinary record from the Californian psychedelicists.
Photos Of Photos is an extraordinary record: dense, fluid and otherworldly, it comprises several monumental, snail’s-pace tectonic slabs of glistening space-doom that fans of Om, Sunn 0))), Spacemen 3 and Loop will cheerfully surrender to.
The surging black shimmer of opening freakout Nor’easter and equally overpowering Space Treader are the most conventional moments, but it’s the scratched-lens ambience of the title track and the swirling black hole mantra of 22-minuter Adrift that provide the stiffest challenge to conventional notions of structure and sanity.
Recorded in drummer Brian McDougall’s very own geodesic dome, this is a triumph of natural acoustics and improvisational zeal. Definitely one to alter your state to...