The Most Serene Republic – “Ontario Morning” (Stereogum Premiere)
The Most Serene Republic made their mark on indie rock over a decade ago, with three full-lengths and gigs opening for bands like the Strokes, Broken Social Scene, Metric, and Stars. The Canadian rockers have been on hiatus since their 2011 remastered compilation Pre Serene: Thee Oneironauts, which featured songs from three of the members’ earlier teenage band. But after four years of recording throughout Toronto, they’re returning this fall with their fourth full-length, Mediac, produced by band member Ryan Lenssen and mixed by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene/Los Campesinos!/Super Furry Animals). The energetic “Ontario Morning” is the first single to be shared, and it sounds like the loud beating pulse of the band’s revival. They make it clear they’re alive and returning, singing “The sun still shines on my Ontario morning.” The track revisits their previous prog and jazz influences from 2007’s Population, using vibrant horns to create a joyful cinematic setting. It’s the kind of song you play when you need a morning soundtrack that wakes you up, and it sounds like a true jumpstart for the Most Serene Republic. Listen below.
Mediac is out 11/13 via Maple Music.