Doug Tuttle was one half of the duo MMoss with his then girlfriend, Rachel Neveu. When their relationship, and band, broke up, he set off for Massachusetts where he’s been making solo albums ever since. Dream Road, his fourth album, is another collection of songs that recall classic ‘60s & ‘70s American pop and rock with more than a touch of country and psych.
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Possessing one of the best names I’ve heard for a while, Doug Futtle is a New England-based musician making largely self-recorded music that takes in psych, 60s guitar music, as well as little nods to country and blues.
This is a pretty derivative album, there’s nothing particularly new going on here. Don’t get me wrong there are some good songs on here, but I’m just thinking of bands like the Animals, the Byrds, and Canned Heat who wrote songs like this sixty years ago.
Of course there are elements I liked, such as the guitar effect on ‘But Not For You’ that smacks of the Beefheart classic ‘Blue Jeans and Moonbeams’ or the crisp, bone-dry sound of the drums, but I just think it’s just too nostalgic to have any real merit. Doug, mate, we’ve got Ableton, Melodyne, synths AND MIDI, get hip to it!
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