Summertime. Grandaddy. Perfect.
Oh, except that the band Grandaddy folded just before the sunshine-pop combo's fifth disc was released in May -- the grand, sweeping, and utterly adorable ``Just Like the Fambly Cat." So it wasn't Grandaddy but its founder, singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Jason Lytle, who performed at the Paradise Tuesday night.
``I wanted to play some shows," Lytle told the crowd. ``But it had to be different from the whole big circus that the band had become. We weren't sure who was gonna do what. But it was pretty clear I was going to do a lot of lead vocals."
Lytle's captivating and haunted voice is shimmeringly melodic. Rusty Miller added perfect harmonies and the pair switched off on electric piano, synthesizer, and electric and acoustic guitars. Miller occasionally tapped a lone cymbal or tambourine, adding percussive weight to the synth-drums.
Most of Tuesday's songs came from different eras of the Grandaddy repertoire. The airy ``Summer . . . It's Gone" and ``The Go in the Go- for-It " led to a heavier ``Chartseng rafs " and then a superb, soaring ``Hewlett's Daughter," where the giggling pair's interplay was inspired and fun. The as-yet-unrecorded ``Ghost of 1672" switched gears to a thick psychedelic boogie. Then Lytle performed an aching ``Disconnecty " and ``Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)" solo with just an acoustic guitar.
Miller returned to duet on recorders for ``Elevate Myself" and eventually finish this stripped-down but impressively instrumented short set with the stunning ``A Valley Son (Sparing) " from last year's ``Excerpts From the Diary of Todd Zilla" EP.
Singer-songwriter Nik Freitas opened with a set of rich, reflective songs, highlighted by his peachy voice.