Golden Children Records
"Don't you know, you're my sea / and the sun," sings Greg Dutton, before the song rolls into a sing-and-clap-along vamp reminiscent of David Bowie's "Memory of a Free Festival." It's the opening cut from local supergroup Lohio's new EP, Sleeping Stereo, a collection of luminous songs that combine the psychedelic pop of Bowie's Space Oddity with Neil Young melancholy and the more contemporary country pop of Cowboy Mouth.
What's surprising about Sleeping Stereo is its unity of purpose and confidence -- it sound like a band made it, instead of a collection of local-scene musicians backing a songwriter. (Apart from Dutton, the rest of the members play in acts such as Boca Chica, The Pleasure Technicians, Blindsider, Emily Rodgers, and Chad Sipes Stereo.) Also unlike many singer-songwriter projects, this one actually sounds terrific: all acoustic picking, high harmonies, whispery mellotron and a loose rhythm section.
Yet Dutton's songwriting and clear, unaffected vocals are still the primary concerns here. This is especially evident on "Victim Is a Saint," where ghostly vocal harmonies and a noir-country shuffle support lines like "'Cause you know I still love you, even if you don't want to / The victim's always seen as a saint." And if that song doesn't give you the shivers ... there are a couple more on here that'll surely do the trick.
Lohio CD Release, with General Miggs, Skeletonbreath and Ennui. 9:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 24. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 412-621-4900