Long-running singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell has defined the independent artist aesthetic for the past 15-plus years, releasing glimmering folk-pop albums by herself and, recently, on indie label Yep Roc. Her latest studio album maintains that independent streak, but perhaps with a now-wider audience (and since it’s her ninth time out), Mandell has never sounded more confident than on Let’s Fly a Kite’s sweet, sultry pop. Whether she’s playing the part of wayward mother or lover (“Put My Baby to Bed”) or ingénue longing for a husband (“Wedding Ring”), Mandell delivers carefully crafted, yet never overwrought, lyrics full of cinematic detail. Musically, Mandell’s voice is modest but not commanding, and so she dresses her songs with chamber pop touches like clarinet and organ, making songs like “Little Joy” wonderful to dive into and parse its interlocking parts, while the country shuffle of a song like “The Man Who’s Always Lost” feels like something from a lost Western musical. For anyone whose life sometimes feels like an endless series of movie scenes, Let’s Fly a Kite makes a wonderful accompaniment.