Record Review 

At first glance, New Yorker Adam Pierce's fifth open-ended collaboration, Mice Parade, lends itself to certain assumptions. The project's first album title insinuates overt Latin influences, and while tinges exist, instead of world music you get other worldly music. As for the overriding mood, Obrigado Saudade means something between "obligated homesickness" and "thank you nostalgia" (roughly translated from Portuguese). In this case, the latter is more appropriate.

Pierce, using Mice Parade as a percolating post-rock project, has racked up excellent releases that take source material from Dylan Cristy (The Dylan Group), Doug Scharin (HiM, June of 44) and Kristín Anna Valtysdòttir (Múm), among others, and cobble acoustics together with subtle, digitally flecked deftness. For fans of Pierce -- or his collaborators, Tortoise, Mouse on Mars or Sam Prekop/Arthur Prewitt -- Obrigado Saudade will be a warming, welcoming addition to the oeuvre. Thank you, nostalgia, for a work of warped wonderment.

Breezy, and at times sun-dappled, ebbing and flowing, Obrigado Saudade could accompany you to a deserted beach, provided it's a vista onto a sea of fire. Obrigado Saudade is saudade in that it's best listened to in transitionary hours. It's dusky and deliberate: Each track slowly unfolds and progresses. Brushed beats, burbling keys and steel strings flutter and murmur, strum, drift and drone. There are no direct calls to action, save that soon after listening you'll feel nostalgic and reach to play it again.

Mice Parade performs at The Earl on Wed., Feb. 4. $8.


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