The classic Bee Gees of the late '60s are a touchstone here, even if most kids these days pigeonhole the brothers Gibb as purveyors of bad wedding music, as opposed to their true origins at pop's forefront. But by playing the same deft hand as baroque revisionists Belle & Sebastian, Prewitt finds himself with plenty of company.
The word here is delicate, from the organ on "When I'm With You" to the slide guitar on "I'm Coming Over." Even the snaky guitar lead-in to "Over the Line" is hesitant to fray the edges. But while the music on Three generally lacks the sharp teeth that underpin all the greatest pop songs, Prewitt holds his own against his many hook-friendly contemporaries in the songwriting department. And even if his ears are notably better than his voice, he manages to eke out plenty of distinction -- making the effortless cheer of Three another sage step away from the fringe.Archer Prewitt plays the Echo Lounge Sat., July 20.