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When: Thu., Feb. 18, 10 p.m. 2016

In a January interview with Noisey, main man Doug Tuttle (formerly of Mmoss) gave some character to his new solo full-length It Calls on Me by admitting to a slight fascination with private-press Christian rock: “I dig the sincerity and weirdo attempts at sounding pop.” And Tuttle’s second Trouble in Mind-sanctioned full-length, which features a wispy easygoingness accompanied by breezy, uplifting vocal melodies, has more than a few moments in which you can imagine a free-spirited longhair in an ill-fitting 1960s polyester getup awkwardly fading into the foreground with an acoustic guitar in tow and eyes focused on the heavens. Luckily tracks like “Falling to Believe,” with its forlorn vocal melody and psych-driven thick-fuzz guitar solos, and “It Calls on Me”—thanks in part to a chugging rhythm, looping guitar riff, and some deep-dive noodling—acknowledge that while Tuttle likes to give a wink or two to a bygone era of bizarre pop, he doesn’t want to hang too close to the jam circle. Regardless of what decade its influences lie in, It Calls on Me lands somewhere between the modern Kraut-tinted psych of Wooden Shjips and the too-often too-polished indie pop of Mikal Cronin. Which is a pretty cozy place to be.

Kevin Warwick

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