Valley Show Girl: Play That Trippy Noise

by Jennifer Levesque | Jun 11, 2019

When I opened the press release for this upcoming album release that was accompanied by a live set at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA, there was one word that caught my interest: Mellotron. The instrument is similar in artistry and the complicatedness of a synthesizer, but not to put them in the same category when it comes to uniqueness.

The mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonic tape replay keyboard that emerged in the early ‘60’s in England. The Beatles and Pink Floyd among many others have used this instrument in some of their classic hits. With the love of the instrument, four musicians got together to form this musical project, “Mellotron Variations” while all four of them played on their own mellotron. [more…]