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Earth Eighteen’s latest eponymous EP is distributed by Time Warner subsidiary Medicine. But even with major-label muscle behind it, the local trio is still recording at its Rockville group house (identified on the jacket as “E18’s Blackpool Mansion”). For a home-grown product, the collection sounds quite good, as guitarist/vocalist Jon DuPree leads his bandmates through tunes boasting both ’70s psychedelics and ’90s production standards. Earth Eighteen unabashedly borrows from the likes of Pink Floyd and Kiss, but its tunes are enjoyably concise: “You Fade Out” is filled with echoing vocals and flourishing guitars, and “The Church (Blue Love)” combines playful funk with complex prog, but neither song exceeds five minutes. And while not many contemporary bands recall Electric Light Orchestra, the lilting keyboard on “Girl of the Downward Smile” evokes a certain spaceship ambience.