Fans of the whimsical and ballsy ballads of folk-pop musicians, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Decemberists have taken to Toronto’s Rural Alberta Advantage quite readily, and the reception of the trio’s recent, early March-released second album, Departing [Saddle Creek], is seeing the band further ease into their slightly haphazard sound. Rooted firmly in guitarist/vocalist Nils Edenloff’s pinch-yer-nose vocals and powerhouse drummer Paul Banwatt’s subdued, but always promising to break out patterings, RAA’s music is a dancing flame — those deep lyrics could burn if delved into too deeply. Add a wee bit of airy vocals from Amy Cole to float over Edenloff’s swooping honk and RAA travels lots of distance over their pop compositions without the listener having to stop once to check the mileage. Mesmerizing. Check out a track from Departing (“Tornado ’87”) below and catch the band at the Mad Planet tonight.