Mice Parade - ‘What It Means To Be Left-Handed’ Out Now!

What It Means to Be Left-Handed contains more ideas than most guitar bands muster in their entire careers - BBC

The new Mice Parade album What It Means To Be Left-Handed is now available to purchase through the FatCa web store!

What It Means To Be Left-Handed is the stunning new full-length from Mice Parade. It is the first to be released in the band's second decade of existence, the sixth to be released through FatCat, and a lustrous contribution to a glowing musical canon.

Coloured by splashes of West African Highlife, Flamenco, Brazillian Jazz, even 80;s indie-rock, the album is knowingly un-hip and as distinctive and idiosyncratic as the band;s previous records. It is a giddy-paced, flickering, enveloping, soaring and respectful nod to the musical influences that lend themselves to the band's sound, yet it is never derivative.

The album opens with the gorgeous, frolicking 'Kupanda', performed by Adam Pierce alongside Somi and kora player Abdou. The track is one of a set of Highlife-influenced pieces that lie around songs that stray more overtly from the trodden Mice Parade path: the polar extremes found on What It Means To Be Left-Handed include lush, sophisticated pseudo-electronica ('Tokyo Late Night'), a dizzyingly blissful Tom Brosseau cover ('Mary Anne') and drifting miniatures ('Pond', 'Recover'), yet all somehow fit effortlessly within the Mice Parade persona. The album may consist of a collection of individual assets, but its identity is held together by extraordinary musicianship, by its faithful and enthusiastic acknowledgment of a music existing for music's sake - philosophy, and by its rich, home-produced sonics.

For more information and to check out Mice Parade’s upcoming tour date, visit their profile.

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