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Former Mmoss man Doug Tuttle has dusted himself off after their demise and crafted this debut album under his own name, although I think it's fair to say that he's pretty much picking up where he left off with that '60s-loving beat combo. 'Doug Tuttle' is packed with dreamy, hazy psych-pop from the Pink Floyd/Byrds school, not a million miles from contemporaries like Tame Impala or Brian Jonestown Massacre or label-mate Maston.
It's a brilliantly warm sound he conjures up, with analogue studio trickery aplenty, bright wibbly organs, round bass, chiming guitars and clattering drums over vocals which are often squashed and warped and multi-tracked into a blurred, dream-like fog which hangs over the songs, lyrics often smeared into incoherence.
On my second time through the record it's the way these weird '60s style vocals and the organ interact which is really satisfying my earholes. These breathy harmonised washes which melt into the drones which underpin most of the tracks to give it a full, floaty feeling.
The songwriting is also consistently likeable, stand-outs at this early stage being the spaced out pop of 'Leave Your Body' and the wistful 'I Will Leave', one of the less out-there tracks on the album which sees Tuttle in Woods/Sebadoh-ish troubadour mode. If you were a fan of Mmoss's well-observed '60s worship, you will almost certainly enjoy this solo effort.
7/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 24th January 2014
"For the most part though, and with a swirl of mellotron and tie-dyed flute never far away, Tuttle treats us to a woozy jumble of jangling fairground psyche-pop. "
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