Boomkat Product Review:
It's always a bold statement when a band or artist eponymously titles an album when already midway into their career. Ordinarily of course, if you are going to duck out of giving your record its own name you do that on your debut outing, so when a band already seven albums into their career opts to self-title an album, the implication is that either they've arrived at some sort of definitive statement of their sound or they've redefined it somehow (as with Metallica and their 'black album' perhaps). With Mice Parade, you'd have to say either scenario could apply: on the one hand the album hones in on and perfects many of the elements prior albums have hinted at, yet for founding member Adam Pierce this album marks a new start - it's the first to be recorded in Pierce's new home studio. The album features a broadened range of contributors and collaborators than ever before which includes Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, Dylan Cristy (of the Dylan Group) and Lansing-Dreiden's Jay Israelson as well as Kristin Anna Valtysdottir of Mum, who in recent years has become a bit of a Mice Parade regular. The familiar timbres of Pierce's fluttering flamenco-styled nylon-strung guitar are present, as is that roomy, shuffling drum sound, but on tracks like the supremely beautiful 'Tales Of Las Negras' there seems to be a pronounced heightening in scale and sonic ambition than on previous Mice Parade full-lengths. Excellent.