Proving once again that you can find the oddest and coolest music only in the indies, Lohio, a quartet headed by multi-instrumentalist Greg Dutton, has released its second EP, this one in five cuts of what can only be described as delightful prog-pop. Music for touring Wonka's chocolate factory or prancing with the Lollipop Guild just outside the gates of Oz, Family Tree is a confection rarely encountered.
Dutton is surrounded not only by bandmates Liz Adams, Erik Cirelli, and Paul Smith (though the site mentions Dave Bubbenheim, so there appears to have been a recent change of personnel) but also a sextet of sessioneers adding significantly to the group's sound, a kiddyland bedchamber of celestial tinkling, bandoneon echoes, multi-vocal choruses, floating melodies, and candyland joyousness. The landscapes are lush, entrancing with sprites and pixies dancing everywhere, so don't worry if you think you're hearing peeks and touches of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour with Jeff Lynne's most gauzy Electric Light Orchestra tinted with generous brocades of that most obscure prog group Comus...'cause you are, along with Polyphonic Spree, Yo La Tengo, and other of the more ethereally oriented craftsmen. Don't work up too many expectations, though, because this is the kind of songsmithing that will twist your head distinctly away from whatever vision you had in mind, dripping with a hell of a lot more in the way of subtlety and psychedelic ideas than any critique can give tongue to. Yet it's still pop. Cool.
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