Tut Tut is the solo, melodic pop project of George Washington University student Alexander Abnos. Between school, music, and his label, Ironpaw Records, Abnos was able to produce his latest CD, The Heart Goes to Nine. Abnos' second album is a homemade recording that balances playful, whimsical instrumentation with his talky baritone.
The Heart Goes Nine has a spontaneous, lo-fi quality that relfects the organic way Abnos writes music. Inspired by artists like M.Ward, Abnos says he thinks of a "very specific song by someone else" but hopes the result is "very different." Abnos' avoids redundancy in his music by using a polyphonic, multi-sectional song form that keeps the listener surprised.
"Pins on Your Purse" features ukulele, Abnos' "preferred method of noise", in addition to a charming, staccato rhythm section, keys, a brass section and mbira. The instrumentation is full, akin to larger bands like Architecture in Helsinki, but performed almost entirely by Abnos on the record. During live performances, however, Abnos' relies on computer programming, loops and friends, though he finds it all to be "complicated...a huge problem being a solo artist."
Prior to attending GW in Washington, D.C., Abnos spent time in London after graduating from high school in Kansas City. He describes the college town around the University of Kansas as a "hot bed of bands" with a lot of creativity. Even though Abnos attends GW, which seems to breed successful DC bands, he feels he "is not in anyway related to (the) DC" scene. He knows "DC has a rich musical history—incredible" but says it's "at crossroads...everyone is trying to be different."
The journalism major graduates this year with a number of promising directions, whether it is with music, a possible internship or writing. A possible summer tour is in the works but he also plans on "playing in one place", whether it's Kansas City or DC, to make himself known.