"...with ‘Wounded animals’, the musician in him sounds like he is hurting to come out, and bursts with creativity and originality. His songwriting so unique, those guitars belong to a different decade, times of progressive rock monsters, those angelic background vocals and the whole nine, man, I’m fuckin speechless." lofiles.org
"Lush atmospherics and colorful tenors envelope the ear on the sophomore release by Joel Robert Melton, guitarist/vocalist with indie up-and-comers Light Thieves. Melton’s constructions feature washed out vocals spreading existential dread over beautifully plucked strings. Clever turns of phrase and beating heart percussion round out a cohesive and engaging album." -fresnofamous.com
released February 14, 2012
All music written and produced by Joel Robert Melton. Tracks 3 & 7 feature Kaleb Saldate on electric bass. All artwork by KAJALI - kajali.com
My sincere thanks to Alice Diaz, Mike Adame, Jabari Parker, Claire Marshall of Bandcamp Hunter, the Hide & Seek family, Jefferson Beavers, KFSR radio in Fresno, and to all those who have, and continue to support my music.
Dedicated to Fred, who I'd like to thank for often listening to me rant about things. Although I suspect he never really understood much of what I was saying, considering he is a cat.