Doug Tuttle: Doug Tuttle

Intriguing debut from New Hampshire jangler.

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He may sound like a character from Terry Gilliam’s 80s cult satire Brazil but MMOSS’s former guitarist is a gentle sonic renegade worthy of focus. That New Hampshire band made just two albums of dreamy, improv-fuelled psych before splitting in 2013, and Tuttle continues their trip with 11 tracks of pretty, West Coast serenading.

At the most far-out end of this record is the super-flanged Where You Plant Your Love and the languorous, shoegazey We Could Live. It sounds very hippie and carefree, but it’s not all sunny days and lazing in the long grass.

On Turn This Love, I Won’t Do and I Will Leave a certain melancholy settles, and some of Laurel Canyon’s finest come to mind, including modern exponents such as Jonathan Wilson. Tuttle’s Stephen Stills-like dirty/jangly fretwork only adds to that atmosphere.

His sound harks back to the roots of experimental guitar pop – The Beatles, Byrds, Zombies et al are all reference points. Good on him for opting for melodic structures rather than an overload of distracting effects.

Tuttle could have taken MMOSS’s blueprint and exploded it across the universe, but his relative restraint leaves room for expansion on his album(s) to come.

Jo Kendall

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.