Boomkat Product Review:
Hosting "16-Bit" versions of tracks from their 2007 album Population, this new digital-only EP from Canadian art-pop mavens The Most Serene Republic recasts the originals as MIDI programmed electronic missives. The band themselves choose to describe the EP as "sort of like Nintendo on ecstasy", but let's not get too down on them for that - there's something highly pleasing about hearing the band's grand arrangements boiled down to such a humble format. Apparently, these versions pre-date the originals and were originally used as a scoring tool for the finished album. The MIDI tracks were found to be perfectly serviceable electronic pop songs, and so five were selected for a release that makes far more musical sense than it really has any right to. Although this is very much an aside within the wider scale of the band's career, Digital Population will doubtlessly appeal to fans of the original album and lo-fi synth-pop hounds alike. Recommended.