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. -Vanyaland
RIYL: Neil Young, Kurt Vile, The Bachs, Harumi, CCR, Mayo Thompson, Byrds, Solar Motel Band, Steve Gunn, Gun Outfit, Gene Clark.