Monday, March 12, 2007

Reviews:: Mice Parade Mice Parade

Even with the rash of new albums being leaked via this old internet, I'm shocked no one is talking about the new Mice Parade release. I guess on one hand, it makes sense. How do you talk about an artist that doesn't really fit into any genre. The one I hear the most - jazz rock - is one I don't really thing exists, especially when you contrast the sounds of Mice Parade to that of Sea and Cake (whose new album we already gushed about).

Rather than relying on floating, seamless, light melodies, Mice Parade uses chaotic, choppy riffs rich and frantic, uptempo drums. Instead of taking you up into the stratosphere, these songs cement you to the floor. They are full of depressing honesty. The type of realism that, although you hate to admit it, actually becomes a vital part of your day. They are that frustrating moment that is suddenly interupted with a moment of tranquiltity. They are walking in heavy traffic, listening to horns blast with impatience, only to see a stranger smile as they pass on the sidewalk. They are the minute you are about to give up, but you suddenly see someone hold open a door. The change is so simple, so insignificant, but it means everything.

For any long time fan, the first obvious difference with this record (which can really be applied to any record, as they never sound the same) is the heavy amount of vocals. Personally, I love the decision Adam made to make this a vocal driven record - it opens up a different side to his work - and the collaborations with Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) on the epic Tales of Las Negras or the Kristin Anna Valtysdottir (mum) on Double Dolphins on a Dime are fantastic.

The songs seem simple. Acoustic finger picked riffs, well timed drums. But it's the combination that matters. The gradual folky build up of Nights After Fiction is perfect. The song travels along the same path, gradually picking momentum. Adding some electronics and jazzy drums until the track really finds the groove, the song builds until Adam's vocals appear almost two minutes in. They hook you and won't let go.

The record flies by and before you know it, you are listening to it again and again. Hopefully this record won't get lost among the other releases Fat Cat has in store (Animal Collective or the 12" from Panda Bear release), because it deserves just as much attention.

MP3::The Nights After Fiction

Posted at 5:15 PM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

do you know where I can find the cover art for the new Mice Parade? I love the album!


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