A band that reads like a reference book of prog and indie rock from the 70’s on. It’s inevitable that one must mention the following bands in order to get the gist of the The Most Serene Republic: Yes, Rush, Polvo, Superchunk, Tortoise, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Sigur Ros, and Death Cab. There are touches from Brazil that on occasion distance this release from the aforementioned, and the recording does offer arrangements and academia galore which should make for one hell of a live show. (Arts & Crafts) –Hernan Tasies