01. Listen Hear Glide Dear
03. This River Has A Tide
05. The Chill House
07. Look See Dream Me
08. Gente Interesante
10. Warm Hand in Narnia
Candela is the stunning new full-length from Mice Parade, a bright and vivid LP that omnivorously references source material from across the globe and rebuilds it all into the distinctive, inimitable voice that Mice Parade has come to represent. Generally regarded as the solo project of New York's Adam Pierce - though Pierce often engages carefully-selected guest musicians for each release - Mice Parade is now in its second decade: continuously shape-shifting, its personnel expanding and shrinking, and its influences and marker points becoming increasingly varied and widespread. Candela is the seventh album to bear the Mice Parade name, and marks an exciting new stop-off in the band's already musically greedy history.
Though Candela is named after a late-night bar in Madrid (known as a flamenco guitar players Mecca) with a colorful history, it will come as no surprise to followers of the band that Adam Pierce is a formally schooled ethnomusicologist. Previous Mice Parade palettes have conscientiously borrowed elements of sound from West African Highlife, Brazilian Jazz, Eastern chord patterns and scales, Latin percussive timbres and rhythms, among countless other unexpected sources. It is all indelibly bound together as the band's personality and magnetism: each new release runs like a personal, geographical study of Pierce's voluminous knowledge of music from across the world.
Recorded at Pierce's converted house studio in upstate New York (described by Pierce as "a cozy place on the edge of a forest" which over the last two years has also served Animal Collective, Frightened Rabbit, Tom Brosseau, Ensemble and others in various capacities), Candela represents at once Mice Parade's most adventurous release and its closest to pure pop music. From the dense, rhythmically-intense 'Currents' (featuring Temporary Residence's Caroline Lufkin), and its funk brio to 'Pretending's’ devastatingly pretty drum kit / electric guitar interplay (Pierce is a hugely accomplished percussionist, flamenco guitar player and general multi-instrumentalist), there are heady moments of pop brilliance amongst abstract, restrained eloquence. A rare record that reveals more with each listen, the ear is piqued by contrasting elements on every run through the length.