Niobe, ‘White Hats’ (Tomlab)
When you rip White Hats to your iTunes, the genre comes up as “electronica,” but that’s reductionist. While the fourth album of this German singer (who guested on Mouse on Mars’ last album) does depend on various slabs of digital sound, it runs the gamut from trip-hop (the spooky “Give All to Love”) to peppy disco (“Up Hill and Down Dale”) to Beth Orton-esque dance folk (“Surround Your Hover”). Niobe’s chameleonic vocals aren’t terribly unique, but they suit these nuanced tracks just fine.
Now Hear This: Niobe – “Give All to Love” DOWNLOAD MP3