Wednesday, February 19, 2014
-valis Pick of the Week
Hail Voyagers! Back again with a new Pick: from Somerville, Mass., Doug Tuttle!
The former member of the sadly defunct Mmoss has just released his debut solo album on the always reliable Trouble In Mind Records label.
Over the course of the eleven tracks Tuttle certainly defines a signature sound. While others have remarked, (complained?,) about his influences being too obvious, I was held captive via Sennheisers throughout the album's duration. He's not unlike contemporary Jacco Gardner, or labelmate Morgan Delt, in his ability to create mindscapes -which may or may not be matching up to his own. No matter. As the PR site, and TIM, too, state:
" There is definitely a bittersweet narrative going on throughout the record but with the strength of every single track the listener becomes the willing accomplice. 'I Will Leave"s melancholy refrain and 'I Won't Do's' downer optimism are two of the more personal tracks on the album but 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 it's eyes solely on the future. " Agreed. GO DOUG!
You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every other Thursday from 11pm to 1 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!