A couple years back, Nashville’s De Novo Dahl were signed to Roadrunner — a label known mostly for metal and active-rock acts like Slipknot, Nickelback and Evanuisance — and the record that followed, Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound, was a sugar-coated slice of synth-pop. Since then, the lineup has changed greatly, and principal songwriter Joel J. Dahl has been drastically re-working his approach. DND’s newest, Tigerlion (download it for free at www.denovodahl.bandcamp.com), consists of a decidedly darker, more thoughtful style of pop. It still features the ear-catching vocal hooks frontman Dahl has always had a knack for, but this record is all about layers of diverse sound and an introspective style of modern baroque pop. Hip-hop, indie-rock, electronica and power-pop elements simmer throughout Tigerlion, not to mention some of the most mature and compelling songwriting we’ve seen from Joel Dahl in years. Couple the new songs with DND’s nine-person bombast-a-thon of a lineup and the fact that this, too, is a cancer benefit in honor of Candice Burnside and you’ve got my choice for Best Record Release of the Week.