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June 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Concert preview: Mice Parade

Mice Parade

Mice Parade’s Adam Pierce, center, plays Seattle’s Triple Door club Monday. Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov.

Reflective of its name, an anagram of bandleader Adam Pierce’s, New York’s Mice Parade — who play Monday at the Triple Door — artfully re-arranges folk, shoegaze, electronica and worldbeat curiosities into cozy experimental pop.

Listening to “Candela,” the group’s eighth LP, you’d think Pierce robbed a music conservatory. On the 11-song set, the singer-guitarist-percussionist instills his bookish, plain-spoken vocals, precise acoustic strumming and eccentric rhythms with everything from ambient synths to xylophones, Spanish samba and Southeast Asian gamelan instrumentation.

Such eclecticism doesn’t always connect. “Look See Dream Me” is pure NPR Muzak, and the hip-hop breakdown on “La Lunita Ha Crecido” is just awkward. But standouts like the shape-shifting “Currents” (listen), melodious “Pretending” (listen) and dynamic “Warm Hand in Narnia” mesmerize with their subtle power.

As of late, Pierce has focused on touring Europe, where Mice Parade’s musical globe-trotting has found wider acclaim. Monday marks the group’s first Seattle visit since 2007, and the ten-dollar cover is a steal for an intimate show that promises to be as rewarding as it is unpredictable.

Mice Parade, Ghost of Kyle Bradford
8 p.m. Monday at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $10 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).

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