New Sounds: Doug Tuttle balances psych-rock delicacies on ‘Only In A Dream’


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Every time Doug Tuttle writes and performs a song, it seems like he’s channeling creativity from another dimension. His brand of psych-folk is unique in the sense of how stripped down it sounds while at the same time maintaining a distinct poignancy and emphasis. The New Hampshire native’s new album, Peace Potato, is out May 5 on indie label Trouble In Mind, and there’s a sheen of vintage pop that shines through every song.

An excellent example of that is standout track “Only In A Dream,” which has psychedelic tendencies and a mellow vibe.

“[It] started as two separate songs, both written around the time my first record came out,” Tuttle tells Vanyaland of “Only In A Dream’s” origin. “Each song had a section I really liked, but something was a little off with both. As time passed it occurred to me that both songs were about the same topic, learning to deal with a loved one’s mental illness, and that they shared a similar tempo/feel. I decided to change the key of each part so they’d work relative to one another, and added an instrumental interlude between the two. It took a few tries to get the recording where I wanted it, but all in all I’m fairly happy with it in this final attempt.”

Tuttle will be embarking on a spring tour in support of Peace Potato that starts at Vermont’s Waking Windows festival on the same day of the album’s release. After that, he’ll be at the 121 Club in Easthampton on May 8, and then after several dates across the country begins to wrap his tour at the Lilypad in Cambridge on May 23 and the next night at Sue’s in Rollingford, New Hampshire.

Be sure to see Tuttle live if he comes through your town. For now, check out “Only In A Dream” via Trouble In Mind’s Soundcloud page below and enjoy.

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