Releases s/t debut
via Trouble In Mind on 27th January
Release Date: 27th January 2014
Label: Trouble In Mind Records
Format: CD/LP/DL
01. With Us Soon
02. Forget The Days
03. Turn This Love
04. Where You Plant Your Love... Is Where It Grows
05. Lasting Away
06. Leave Your Body
07. We Could Live
08. I Won’t Do
09. Sewn Day
10. I Will Leave
11. Better Days (Wool’s Grown Lighter)
As one of the principal songwriters in the New Hampshire band MMOSS, guitarist Doug Tuttle was integral in honing that band’s signature sound of West Coast bummer harmonies wrapped taut around a sinewy & dreamy collision of hazy psychedelia & motorik krautrock. Upon the band’s dissolution in the spring of 2013, the east coast native Tuttle pitched camp in Somerville, Mass and began writing his way through not only the band’s demise but also the end of a long-time relationship. The fruits of his labour are clearly evident in his debut solo album. Tuttle deftly forges a sound that are all his, weaving nebulous jams into masterfully crafted pop gems. There is also heavy introspection here leading one to consider other artists who were terrific as the member of a band but that really excelled when they began releasing material under their own name.
Like Harumi’s “Talk About It” the album’s opener ‘With Us Soon’ is almost shocking in it’s beauty and immediacy - resplendent with cascading waves of layered vocal harmonies and buzzing with phasered ecstasy. While ‘Forget the Days’ is reminiscent of the best Richard Wright, Pink Floyd tune. ‘Turn this Love’ is perhaps the cornerstone of the record; practically pouring out of the speakers. At once hazy and yearning, the tune builds upon melodic organ drones and splashing cymbal crashes before turning into an extended jam that you wish would go on forever just the way you want ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’ or ‘Ramble Tamble’ to play on an on until the end of time.
There is definitely a bittersweet narrative throughout the record but with the strength of every single track the listener becomes the willing accomplice. The melancholy refrain and downer optimism on more personal tracks, “I Will Leave” and “I Won’t Do” have a pop undercurrent not unlike J.K. and Company. The journey ends with ‘Better Days (Wools Grown Lighter)’ which is both reflective and optimistic. Doug Tuttle’s debut solo LP plays out in the same way, a reflection of his musical and personal past, but with eyes solely on the future.
The first edition of ‘Doug Tuttle’ is pressed on mixed vinyl, comes housed in a gold-foil stamped sleeve and  includes a download code!
Nita Keeler
Gold Star PR
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