First off, Doug Tuttle has already released the most excellent album, Peace Potato, earlier this year. Now he’s joined up with his friend Matt Lajoie (Herbcraft) to create an improvisational electric guitar record, American Primate. The concept of the album was born while the two toured together, reuniting at Doug’s home studio in Massachusetts. There was no concept, only the goal of creating something entirely improvisational…with a little studio magic added to the back end. The result is quite something, as you listen to two guitars battling back and forth, shifting pitches to balance one another at the same time. American Primate will be available through Burger Records on October 6th.
How many great records will Trouble in Mind Records release this year!? Paperhead, Rays and it sounds like Doug Tuttle will just add to that collection. His latest single is this feathery bit of pop, carefully played out within the brief confines of the track. To me, it just seems like Tuttle is out there writing these effortless bits of psychedelic folk with maximized accessibility for listeners; you’ll notice nods to various styles, but you’ll be drawn in by a supreme infectiousness. Keep knocking em out of the park Doug; grab the new LP, Peace Potato, from TiM on May 5th.
I really love the work of Trouble in Mind Records. What I love the most is the diversity of the label, tossing out rockers like Omni or Rays, then bringing us something softer like this new Doug Tuttle. From the moment you press play, you’re immersed in this wonderful world filled with strings and horn accompaniment. The approach of this song fits perfectly with the album art of Peace Potato, as you can see Tuttle walking into the stars…you should feel as if you’re doing the same when this number reaches your ears. This is a far cry from his work in MMOSS, so look for the new album on May 5th.
The good jams just keep coming today, but this track is really something special. Doug Tuttle, out of Rochester, NH, will be releasing his sophomore solo record, It Calls On Me, on February 19th. He’s shared the title track of that record with us, and it’s a real psych-folk gem. Personally, I quite like the way the instruments and the vocals trade places in the spotlight– that twangy guitar sound pairs nicely with the hazy, faraway vocals. The guitar solos are the kind that beg you to get lost in their 70s sound, but those steady drums hold you down from drifting away. You can preorder that record, coming out onTrouble In Mind Records, right here.
Such a wonderful treat to get a new Doug Tuttle track before we take a little bit of a holiday break. I loved his first solo release since the end of MMOSS, and he picks up right where he left off, if not going further into the realm of sunny guitar pop. It’s the sort of track that takes on a casual tone when it first meets your ears, but the fuzzy guitar noodling and his airy voice carry you the rest of the way. Seems like we’re in for a treat when his new effort, It Calls On Me, hits on February 19th via Trouble In Mind…an always trustworthy choice.
What does one do when the project they’ve devote their time to dissolves? For Doug Tuttle, there was only one option: forge ahead. His self-titled effort is his first effort since MMOSS broke-up, but in all honesty, it’s ultimately more rewarding than his previous work; he seems to have found his own way while writing these songs.
“With Us Soon” takes listeners back a few decades with a sun-coated psychedelia, accented by an instrumental buzz that works its way in and out of the track. But, most importantly, the underlying current is one of a pop-centric songwriter; this attitude will unfold further as your listen continues. While the following tune “Forget the Days” does wear some of the influences of Doug Tuttle‘s past, including the throbbing bass work, it’s the way his voice drifts carefully over every inch of the song, lightly bouncing along and giving a warmth to the listener’s ear.
Tuttle doesn’t shy away from his past too often, with most songs including the dreaded psych nod, but even when the song indulges a great deal, there’s clearly something working beneath. “Turn This Love” is filled with a noodling guitar that perhaps goes on solo for too long, but the chorus alone warrant many repeated listens. It’s a dreamy vocal that you’d easily find haunting any music head’s secret play list. Of course, those indulgences do go too far on occasion, like in the following track, “Where Your Plant Love Is…Where It Grows.” What can I say? I’m a vocals guy, and it just doesn’t do it for me here.
For my tastes, Doug Tuttle does succeed when he lets his inner songwriter shine, making things simpler and more focused. My favorite track is “I Will Leave,” which comes near the end of the effort. There’s a simple sincerity to the track, with just a hint of California jangle seeping into the guitar. The vocal is steady, showing just what a voice Doug’s got, and possibly hinting at the future. There are hints at his songwriting prowess throughout, especially with a song like “Better Day” wrapping things up, so the record really ends on a high-note, closing with a wonderful 1-2 punch.
I imagine it’s hard to leave your past behind, and it’s clear that Doug Tuttle just isn’t there, and maybe he doesn’t need to leave it all behind. He takes all the bits and pieces of his previous work while weaving a narrative of his own. It’s a self-titled record that’s strong from start to finish, and far more than just a record wearing psychedelic influences. You’ll love the melodies and the craftsmanship, and you might find that Doug Tuttle is the only thing you need right now.
You might recognize Doug Tuttle as one of the members of MMOSS, but you’re going to find a bit of a different feeling when you delve into the music he’s created under his own name. I can still hear those sunny harmonic elements that were turned upside down with psychedelia, but there’s more of a focus here on the emotive pull that’s created by the percussion and the gentle vibe of the vocals. You’ll also find a soloing guitar that works itself through the middle of the track, perhaps allowing Tuttle to hold onto his more experimental touches. It’s a nice solid number, and you can grab it off his self-titled record, which is being released by Trouble in Mind Records on January 28th.