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What It Means To Be Left-Handed

Mice Parade

What It Means To Be Left-Handed

LabelFat Cat
VertriebRough Trade
VÖ-Datum15.10.2010

Kurz nach der Jahrtausendwende hat Adam Pierce seine Mice Parade-Ursprungsmission wohl für erfüllt erklärt. Die Zeiten des weltoffen zu Jazz und fernen Musikkulturen schweifenden Instrumental-Post-Rocks sind nach Veröffentlichung des strahlenden All Roads Lead To Salzburg vorüber. Was die Aufnahmen neuer Stücke betrifft zumindest. Denn im Konzert darf das prächtige Spiel weitergeführt werden, während auf allen Alben seit Obrigado Saudade, von 2004, Pierce den Zeremonienmeister eines kosmopolitischen wie anspruchsvollen Sanftmutpop gibt.

Hauptmerkmale des „neuen“ Weges sind grandiose Rhythmusmuster, Bossa-Nova- und Flamenco-Gitarren, hoher und lieblicher Frauengesang, daddeliger Folkpop und ein wenig Noise. Das vierte Album nach diesem Strickmuster, nun als What It Means To Be Left-Handed erschienen, setzt fort und damit ist die Mice Parade eingängiger denn je. Mit einer Ausnahme: Recover gerät zu einer schrammelig-schroffen Indie-Nummer, da schrillen und jaulen die Gitarren fast wie bei den unvergesslichen Hüsker Dü-Songs.

Ansonsten hat Adam Pierce mit wieder neuen Kollaborationsmusizierenden seinen pop-affinen Zweitentwurf nahezu perfektioniert. Zwar hätten einige der Songs durchaus Skizzen bleiben dürfen, weil dies auch einige Lieder der Vergangenheit ausgesprochen verlockend machte. Doch die Wahl der Mittel, sowohl Instrumente als auch Stimmen, geht endlich komplett auf. Nur auf Dauer sind die Frauenstimmen mal wieder zu niedlich, zu süßlich. Aber die feinen Melodielinien der Saiteninstrumente, die trappelnden Trommeln und ein munter befreit in den Offbeat-Bibliotheken des Planeten umtriebiges Schlagzeug richten alles. Und zwar richtig. Richtig gut und wohltuend. Wenn nur mehr Bands so viel Wert auf Rhythmusmuster legen könnte, wie Adam Pierce alias Mice Parade.

Tracklist:
  1. Kupanda
  2. In Between Times
  3. Do Your Eyes See Sparks
  4. Couches & Carpets
  5. Pond
  6. Recover
  7. Old Hat
  8. Mallo Cup
  9. Remember The Magic Carpet
  10. Even
  11. Tokyo Late Night
  12. Fortune Of Folly
  13. Mary Anne (U.K. Surf Version)
Highlights:

Tokyo Late Night, Couches & Carpets, Even, Do Your Eyes See Sparks

Unsere Bewertung:
7 von 10
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