Mill Valley, CA, USA
Part homage, part nostalgia or perhaps time travel to the syn-pop 80's John Maus's third album is his most cohesive yet, and does have some appeal, especially if you still groove to New Order (note I didn't say Joy Division), OMD, The Cure or Erasure on downers (was there such a thing?) So dial back the reverb John and I'll start to gush.
Known as the man who introduced Brazilian Bossa Nova into the US on the album "Jazz Samba" (with Charlie Byrd). The subsequent album "Getz/Gilberto" may be better known, but Jazz Samba is the place to start if you really have an interest in this infectious, laid back jazz idiom.