Mice Parade Biography

Adam Pierce, USA. Pierce runs the Bubble Core label, is a founding member of the Dylan Group, and occasionally freelances for Douglas Scharin’s dub obsessed HiM and Icelandic atmosphericists Múm. His own music is created under the Mice Parade moniker, an anagram of his own name. Resident in New York, Pierce forges a music that nevertheless is infected with trace elements of Chicago, specifically Tortoise and the Sea And Cake, and while suggestive of electronic music actually comprises ‘real instruments’ played ‘live’ and is deliberately free of samples or sequencing. On 1999’s Ramda, for example, Pierce’s one-man studio constructions were apparently recorded in single takes to introduce the possibility of mistakes and/or imperfection before these creations were exposed to studio trickery. The nature of this live instrumentation was hinted at by a track on Ramda that was given the functional name ‘More Music For Mallets, Voices & Organs (And Other Stuff)’. For Mice Parade, this ‘other stuff’ is of particular importance and intrigue: Pierce has played chengs (Chinese harps), Rhodes, acoustic guitar, violin, vibes, and marimba on his releases.

Following 2002’s All Roads Lead To Salzburg - a compilation of live recordings and BBC sessions, Mice Parade’s Obrigado Saudade, introduced vocals from Dora Tachler, Múm’s Kristín Anna Valtysdóttir and Pierce himself. The album was regarded as Mice Parade’s most accessible and complete. Pierce’s music nevertheless retained its beguiling introspective and fragility.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.