Mon Dieu! Elfin New York-born Francophile April March (aka Elinore Blake) returns with her second solo album, the highly literate and insidiously addictive "Triggers." A '60s-pop and futurism mix that

Mon Dieu! Elfin New York-born Francophile April March (aka Elinore Blake) returns with her second solo album, the highly literate and insidiously addictive "Triggers." A '60s-pop and futurism mix that seamlessly merges light and darkness, it nods to French Yé-Yé then goes its own way. The artist comes across as part pixie, part Sylvia Plath devotee: As she says in "Sometimes When I Stretch," "I stretch, hoping to divide." Four tracks are sung in French, the rest in English (plus one instrumental), with guru producer Bertrand Burgalat (he really is French) taking care of the synthesizer swirls and general cosmological ambience. Standout cuts include "There Is Always Madness," which juxtaposes a Pollyanna airiness with an unnerving refrain of the song's title, and the trippy, sunshine song "Zero Zero." What makes this album special? Three words: different, different, different.—AZ