I'm feeling very emotional. The Most Serene Republic has melted the edges of my brain, heart, fingertips. Populations could easily be the album of the year. It's the album I always wished Stars would have made. It's better than Broken Social Scene's best. Saying these things isn't easy for me, but they've forced my hand here.
TMSR is decidedly Canadian (Milton, Ontario), relevant mostly because Canadians are forging the current gold standard in beautiful indie-pop today (outside of the Shins). New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Stars, Feist, Metric/Emily Haines, The Dears, The Acorn. These bands are almost all oversized, capable of playing every note live, and feature male/female vocal interplay, amazing rhythms, and boundless creativity.
And this record tops them all.
It'll remind you of everything that is good about right now.
Sherry and Her Butterfly Net
Present of Future End
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