As usual, I am unaware of the amount of fame possessed by the artist I am recommending. I think I saw a review on like the BBC, though, so it's possible you've heard of Mugison, and I understand they are quite popular in their native country - wherever that may be. For my part, I got the album on a tip from a friend, listened to it once and promptly forgot about it. A week ago I saw it in my playlist and decided to give it another chance after a few months cooling off period. And it's great... and weird.
My best shot at summing it up is that it's like Menomena's I Am The Fun Blame Monster meets Tricky's Maxinquaye meets Cyann & Ben. The style is different in each song, from almost Black Keys-ey blues-rock on the opening track to mind-unraveling spoken-word lap pop ("The Chicken Song") to plaintive, gossamer harmony ("2 Birds"). The songwriting is interesting - it's hard to say how serious it is at any particular moment, but there is a sense of humor throughout - consider the guy's girlfriend whispering with a sexy accent in "The Chicken Song": "See, the chicken is one of very few birds that never can flaaah...but even with his head chopped off, he'll still give it a hell of a traaah." On the other hand, the songs themselves are very well-made so that is an indication of him being at least partially serious.
The sound varies immensely, as I've said. Even when it's not a full band, though, it never seems bare - the guy is a great guitar player and fills the air with notes, especially on "Murr Murr," which is good except for its guitar break, which is fantastic and the only thing I remembered about the album after the first listen. Aside from the traditionally instrumented tracks, you have a trip hop feel in "The Chicken Song," a full orchestra in "Salt," an occasional piano, and many miscellaneous pieces of sound thrown in for ambience.
I recommend this album to any parties interested in an extremely varied folk-rock album (for lack of a better term) or who are just bored. It's very interesting and slightly strange, although songs like "Murr Murr" and "2 Birds" are solid enough to be appreciated by anybody.