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 and dreamy collision of hazy psychedelia and motorik krautrock. Upon the band’s recent dissolution in the spring of 2013, the east coast native pitched camp in Somerville, MA and began writing his way through not only MMOSS’ demise but also the end of a longtime relationship. The fruits of his labor are clearly evident in his self-titled, debut solo album, out January 28, 2014 on Trouble In Mind, where Tuttle deftly forges a sound all his own, weaving nebulous jams into masterfully crafted pop gems. There is heavy introspection here leading one to consider other artists who were terrific as the member of a band, but truly excelled when stepping out on their own. “Turn This Love,”premiered earlier today via SPIN practically pours out of the speakers as the cornerstone of the record. 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 could go on forever just the way you want “Cowgirl in the Sand” to play on and on until the end of time.
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