Photo by Samuel Quinn
After you’ve wallowed around in the forlorn pool the forms after heartbreak, there’s often a sense of resignation. From there, you can go one of two ways: swim deeper into the depths, or let yourself float gently to the surface. For Doug Tuttle, he and his music have taken the latter course.
Tuttle, formerly of Boston psych rock outfit MMOSS, spent some time in the shallows of love on his self-titled debut solo LP. That record was filled with anxious tunes begging for love, but that’s not where the singer-songwriter found himself emotionally while working on the follow-up. Instead, he had released his worries and lovelorn attitude, feelings he channeled into his sophomore record, It Calls on Me.
Due out February 19th from Trouble in Mind, the “blissful letting go” that spurred the record on is gorgeously captured on its lead single, “Falling to Believe”. Textured by the slow, steady inhale and exhale of a synth that sounds like it could just as well be a wood instrument, the track drifts along in its own current. Soft rock drums and gentle guitar work guide the song towards crunchy ’70s solos and Tuttle’s own airy choruses as he sings, “Can you see alone?/ Falling to believe/ Can you take some time and find out what you mean?”
Take a listen below.
Pre-orders for It Calls on Me are going on now. Find the tracklist and album art below, with Tuttle’s 2016 tour dates in support of the record in between.
It Calls on Me Album Art:
It Calls on Me Tracklist:
01. A Place For You
02. It Calls On Me
03. Make Good Time
04. These Times
05. Painted Eye
06. Falling To Believe
07. On Your Way
09. Where You Will Go
Doug Tuttle 2016 Tour Dates:
02/17 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
02/18 – Chicago, IL @ The Owl *
02/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog *
02/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet *
02/21 – Nashville, TN@ East Room *
02/22 – Atlanta, GA@ 529 *
02/23 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
02/24 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
02/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
02/26 – Providence, RI @ AS220 #
02/27 – Boston, MA @ Lillypad #
02/28 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace #
* = w/ Paperhead
# = w/ Herbcraft