The Most Serene Republic – …And The Ever Expanding Universe

July 16, 2009

mostsereneImagine a 60’s pop vocal group along the lines of the Association backed by a noise pop band, and that’s close to the sound of much of …And The Ever Expanding Universe, the new record from Ontario based band The Most Serene Republic. They blend male and female vocals, often trading off, with songs influenced by rock, electronic and classical music, and jazz, with a heavy experimental bent. Inside the multi-layered, multi-instrumental, almost chaotically busy arrangements are some real pop gems, among them “Heavens To Purgatory” and “Four Humours.” Other tracks get a bit lost in the density of the production. Overall, however, this is an intelligent, engaging album, a beautifully busy summer record for an increasingly busy world. Standout cuts: “Bubble Reputation,” “Heavens To Purgatory,” “Phi” and “Four Humours.”


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