With Battery Collection and Trouble Books. Saturday, May 19, at the Lime Spider, Akron.

Mice Parade 

With Battery Collection and Trouble Books. Saturday, May 19, at the Lime Spider, Akron.

Mice Parade is an anagram for Adam Pierce, the former Swirlies drummer and post-rock virtuoso who launched the solo project about a decade ago. These days, however, Mice Parade typically features guest appearances from a wide range of fellow world-groove aficionados. On the outfit's new self-titled disc, both Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab and Mùm's Kristin Anna Valtysdottir contribute vocals. Pierce sings quite a bit as well, which makes some of the material sound like a more eclectic -- if ultimately less convincing -- version of Iron & Wine. That's because Pierce's voice is of the rigorously nondescript indie-guy variety.

On the new album, the dude is at his best when indulging his taste for deeply woven textures -- as on "Circle None," where percolating Afro-pop guitars chatter delicately while a vibraphone calls someone to dinner. Fortunately, you can expect Pierce's razor-sharp sense of groove to win out over his rudimentary songcraft.

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