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THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC
UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHER
ARTS & CRAFTS

This is a debut that refuses to present a cohesive image. Instead, the Most Serene Republic do a lot of thematic channeling, from Postal Service vocal phrasing to Shins-y abstract lyrics to balanced atmospherics borrowed from label mates Broken Social Scene. Their ambition is, above all, to look and sound ambitious: lead singer Adrian Jewett is fond of dropping obscure literary references, and the strange sounds that adorn "Underwater Cinematographer" are matched by murky metaphors. Just-bizarre-enough song titles like "Where Cedar Nouns and Adverbs Walk" and the easy segues between quiet harmonic respites and endearingly off-key chordings place the Most Serene Republic exactly where they want to be right in the middle of the indie-rock map.

Metric + Most Serene Republic | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | Oct 2 | 617.288.6000

BY MATTHEW SHAER


Issue Date: September 30 - October 6, 2005
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