Doug Tuttle: It Calls On Me (2016)
It Calls On Me is the second of several solo albums Tuttle has released, and it's dynamite, a blend of harmonized folk-rock and retro-psychedelic pop. You've got the obvious 60s influences -- the Byrds, CSN, Jefferson Airplane, and of course some late-period Beatles -- combined with more contemporary indie pop like Teenage Fanclub and lo-fi baroque psych like the Olivia Tremor Control. It's melodic and catchy, intermittently trippy, and always engaging. The album is also relatively concise, less than half an hour long with mostly shorter pieces, yet feels like a surprisingly substantive and complete work.
Opener "A Place For You" sets the tone, catchy, laid back pop that invokes OTC and maybe some of Beck's stripped down work, before breaking into a nice little electric Byrdsy break at the end. The highlight for me is "Falling To Be," a gorgeous, tuneful ditty with a soaring chorus, just killer. That one's followed by the equally great "On Your Way," with even more stellar harmonies right out of the Teenage Fanclub playbook. The one song that cuts loose a bit is the more extended "Saturday-Sunday," more lovely harmonies and a great hook which breaks open into an extended moog-like closing jam, shades of the Yellow Submarine album ("It's All Too Much," indeed).
Give this one a shot, it's pretty hard not to love it.
Here's a live take on "Falling To Believe":