CD Underwater Cinematographer [The Most Serene Republic] [5033197387123] (CD 4360026),
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Underwater Cinematographer [The Most Serene Republic] [5033197387123]


  • 1. Prologue
    2. Content Was Always My Favourite Colour
    3. (Oh) God
    4. Protagonist Suddenly Realizes What He Must Do In The Middle Of Downtown, The
    5. Proposition 61
    6. Where Cedar Nouns And Adverbs Walk
    7. In Places, Empty Space
    8. Relative's Eyes
    9. King Of No One
    10. You're A Loose Cannon McArthur... But You Get The Job Done
    11. Epilogue
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1038712

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    The Most Serene Republic might tip their hats to their Arts & Crafts labelmates on their debut album Underwater Cinematographer, but this theatrical sextet is their own supergroup. Underwater Cinematographer comes off shiny and happy at first with its majestic piano arrangements dancing around angst-ridden guitar riffs and warm harmonies. Frontman/songwriter Adrian Jewett wears his heart on his sleeve like so many of indie rock's tortured souls (Lou Barlow, Ben Gibbard, Joey Sweeney), particularly on songs such as "The Protagonist Suddenly Realizes What He Must Do in the Middle of Downtown Traffic" and "In Places, Empty Spaces." These two particular tracks not only highlight a classic sentimentality, but also an inviting and a very personal effort from the band. They make it okay to be playful ("King of No One") and smart ("You're a Loose Cannon McArthur...But You Get the Job Done"), all without melodrama and too much romance. Underwater Cinematographer isn't your quintessential debut album. It's too complex, too inquisitive, and too ambitious. Tip your hats to the Most Serene Republic. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "TMSR are a bit more focused and less shaggily pscyhedelic than their compatriots, but certainly never short on ideas."
    Magnet (p.106) - "Frontman/songwriter Adrian Jewett presents himself like an even more bookish version of the Decembrists' Colin Meloy, jamming more words per minute into his songs than should be allowed by law..."
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