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Doug Tuttle (formerly MMOSS) w/ Nightlands, Livingdog @ The Mothlight
May 17, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
*New Hampshire-native Doug Tuttle (ex-MMOSS) presents the follow-up to his 2013 solo debut self-titled album with It Calls On Me.
Eschewing the jittery, love-lorn anxiety of his first solo outing, It Calls On Me presents a decidedly more dreamy journey through softer, sun-burnt landscapes, while still showcasing Tuttle’s trademark masterful guitar-work and his very own brand of impeccably-crafted, fractured psychedelic pop.
*I Can Feel the Night Around Me, the third album from Philadelphia’s Nightlands, showcases Dave Hartley’s finely tuned ability to layer his voice and conjure some of the most beautiful and elaborate virtual choirs in modern music. If his first two records were vocal layering experiments, his third stands as Hartley’s thesis statement: “I was determined to use vocal stacking to enable my songwriting, not shroud or obscure it.”
He recorded most of the album alone in a cold warehouse basement, which he affectionately calls The Space — it’s where The War on Drugs (of whom Hartley has been a core member for the past decade) formerly rehearsed and stored their equipment. Indeed the music seems more geographically inspired by the microclimates of the Lost Coast and the moonrises of Big Sur than the post-industrial cityscape of North Philadelphia. Perhaps his periodic westward sojourns and healthy obsessions with mid-career Beach Boys albums and Denis Johnson’s Already Dead: A California Gothic were influencing him more than he was aware.
*Livingdog is the moniker under which Corey Robert Parlamento writes and performs his own unique brand of indie-folk music. Originally from South Florida, Parlamento spent some years away from song writing to travel and work. These experiences range from a life as a shepherd’s right hand in the Piemonte mountains of northwestern Italy tending to herds of goats and sheep, all the way to the life of an operating room orderly carrying severed limbs to laboratories in a hospital somewhere in the sun soaked mires of eastern South Florida. His music weaves in out of those two worlds. At one minute you could be a gentle breeze on pasture wheat in a cool Italian summer, and the next you could be a pool of blood on cold linoleum. But, whichever world of his you end up in, you still get a sense of the beauty that lives within it. Currently living in Asheville NC, Parlamento spends most of his time writing and recording. He has self-released two albums since his emergence in the Western North Carolina music scene.