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Molly Tuttle Rails Against Isolation

Molly Tuttle’s latest release

Molly Tuttle – Photo: LTTL

Molly Tuttle

…but I’d rather be with you

Out 28 August

A new album from award-winning songwriter-guitarist Molly Tuttle

It is called …but i’d rather be with you and will be available on August 28 (via Compass Records).

A collection of ten covers recorded during quarantine and the first single has been released, a striking take on The National’s epic song “Fake Empire.”

“I am a huge fan of The National” Tuttle says. The Boxer is probably my favorite album by them. This song has a super cool four-over-three polyrhythm throughout. The piano part is super fun on guitar if you can train your thumb to play in three and your index and middle fingers to play in four!”

“We created the “Fake Empire” video by projecting footage of activism in mid-20th century America onto me while I played the song,” Tuttle continues. “We contrasted that footage with forest fires, stars and dreamlike images. We wanted to leave the meaning of the video somewhat up to interpretation, just like the lyrics of the song. Matt Berninger commented that the song is about ‘where you can’t deal with the reality of what’s really going on, so let’s just pretend that the world’s full of bluebirds and ice skating.’ Right now a lot of people in our country are waking up to the realities of police brutality, racism, and bigotry all around us. I hope that people, like myself, who have the privilege to turn a blind eye to these injustices, can maintain this awareness and action to create a better society.”

While sheltering at home during the pandemic, Tuttle found solace by revisiting favourite songs in an attempt to “remind myself why I love music.” An idea for an album emerged, to be recorded with Los Angeles-based producer Tony Berg. Tuttle taught herself how to use Pro Tools and then recorded and engineered all of her parts alone at home before sending them to Berg in Los Angeles.

Berg enlisted a number of legendary session musicians – including drummer Matt Chamberlain and keyboardist Patrick Warren – to add instrumentation from their respective home studios, with guest vocals contributed by Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor.

“I have been working on writing for another original album and am still planning to record that this year,” Tuttle says, “but in the meantime I wanted to share these covers that have lifted my spirits, in hopes that you’ll find some much-needed joy as well.”

Track Listing

1. Fake Empire (The National)
2. She’s A Rainbow (The Rolling Stones)
3. A Little Lost (Arthur Russell)
4. Something’s On Your Mind (Karen Dalton)
5. Mirrored Heart (FKA Twigs)
6. Olympia, WA (Rancid)
7. Standing On The Moon (Grateful Dead)
8. Zero (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
9. Sunflower (Harry Styles)
10. How Can I Tell You (Cat Stevens)

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