Although I have only 'sampled' each of the tracks so far, and am at the moment only listening to the fourth track in my first full journey though the album, I am blown away by the overall ambience of this superb collection of tunes.
While this is not my preferred musical genre - I am more into ascerbic electronica (Autechre, Aphex Twin, Oval, Pole etc); 'industrial' grunge (Hafler Trio, Nurse with Wound, Faust and the like); and contemporary "classical" music (Part, Ligeti, Gorecki, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Glass etc) - all of the music on this album strikes a chord for me, both cerebrally and emotionally.
If you are into cross-over jazz or the place at which 'esoterica' and acoustic music meet, this is an essential album for your collection. There is so much organically wholistic and skilled musicianship on this album, that you would have to be musically brain-dead to not be moved by it (I'm not suggesting that everyone would like it, as it's pretty eclectic). The blending of electric and acoustic instruments, often punctuated and accompanied by cultured beats, is just superb. The use of instruments such as cheng (Chinese harp), cymbalom and dulcimer add wonderful variety to what could have just been a 'nice' album.
I won't bother picking out any 'favourite' tracks, as it's just not that kind of album. I think this will be a welcome CD to act as a calming interlude between my listens to more aurally challenging music. Warm and engaging, I would find it hard to compare this music to anything else I have heard - it creates its own style. While there are minor similarities to Four Tet (some who have bought this have also bought Four Tet stuff according to the link below), for me Mice Parade is streets ahead in terms of musicianship, production and consistency.
BUY THIS ALBUM!!!