The third full length solo venture from Wildildlife and Mmoss member Doug Tuttle. Performing and recording the entire album himself at home, Peace Potato is chocka with Beatles charm, George Harrison in particular, and summer afternoon dream state bliss. On black or indie only coloured vinyl or CD from Trouble In Mind.
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I played this three times in a row the other week. Partly because it's good, partly because I couldn't think of anything better to put on after it. It says something for Doug Tuttle's lovely pop tunes that after the third play I still wasn't sick of it. Though I'll concede, a forth play could have been pushing it.
The opener here is a delight. Listening to it I'm imagining what it must have been like when the Byrds released a new single. It jangles, it chimes, it has horns, it's impossibly tuneful. Although there's still plenty of jangle about these days we see very little that could be favourable comparable to the Travelling Wilburys and 'Can't It Be' is one of those songs that could easily be put in that bracket. After playing in psychsters Mmoss and launching a promising solo career, Doug Tuttle is starting to hit his stride. I think the only thing holding this album back from being an absolute stonker is that there are so many songs. 15 at last count and even though there is nothing here that is anywhere near less than good they don't always quite hit the dizzy heights of the best bits. Still a quick flick through reveals some fantastic tunes such as the Love meets the Stones stagger of 'All You See', the wonderful folk- inflected blur of 'In Your Light' and my absolute favourite, the marvellous (and not easily spoken) 'YCNTIOYO' with it's wash of descending guitars falling like a waterfall under Tuttle's melancholic voice. This is like Elliott Smith at his best, or Howie Beck (remember him?) and it ends before it starts.
A great album for fans of the 'classic' era of guitar pop. Highly recommended.
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