Put most modern albums under an x-ray machine and you'll discover gizmos and tricks beneath the surface. So much of today's avant-garde music is the result of plug-ins and put-ons. Mice Parade is rare, real music. The project is the one-man affair of Adam Pierce, a fellow stuck in love with sound. A consumate multi-instrumentalist, Pierce records parts live one by one, crafting shining, impressionistic compositions. Obrigado Saudade is the newest in a series of thematically diverse Mice Parade albums-a Tropicalia train ride along shoegaze shores, where bright cycles and waves are guided by spellbinding vocals. Reality sounds sweet.