Editors’ Notes A name like Men I Trust may have the whiff of irony, but there’s nothing tongue-in-cheek about the Quebec band’s Oncle Jazz, even if the album doesn’t have much to do with the genre they reference in the title. Instead, the group charts a lazy course between chillwave, yacht rock, and the haziest strains of dream pop, tapping each sound for maximum mood-setting potential—and indulging in a healthy dose of the surreal along the way. They like their keyboards woozy, their chord progressions complex, and their vocals breathily suggestive; it’s a fair bet they’ve got more than a few Sade albums in their collection, and maybe some Steely Dan too. It may not be jazz per se, but their chops aren’t to be sneezed at—their bass/guitar/drums interplay is as fluid as it is understated, and Emma Proulx’s soft sigh of a voice is sneakily assertive. And unlike some bands that put a primacy on vibes, they’re not afraid to indulge a knowing wink: “Fiero GT” is a love letter to ZZ Top, “Slap Pie” an homage to slap bass. But Seinfeld’s “show about nothing” this certainly isn’t—on the contrary, they’ve found a way to fit just about everything into their sound, and make it work.

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Oncle Jazz
1
0:57
 
Norton Commander (Album V)
2
3:26
 
Days Go By
3
3:17
 
Tailwhip (Album V)
4
3:48
 
Found Me
5
3:31
 
Numb (Album V)
6
3:39
 
Say Can You Hear (Album V)
7
3:09
 
All Night
8
3:08
 
I Hope to Be Around (Album V)
9
3:26
 
Dorian
10
2:51
 
Pines
11
3:42
 
Slap Pie
12
2:19
 
Fiero GT
13
0:51
 
Seven (Album V)
14
3:45
 
Show Me How (Album V)
15
3:35
 
Alright
16
2:37
 
You Deserve This (Album V)
17
3:05
 
Pierre
18
3:26
 
Air
19
3:14
 
Porcelain
20
3:32
 
Poodle of Mud
21
1:19
 
Something in Water
22
3:18
 
Tailwhip Revisited
23
4:00
 
Poplar Tree
24
1:14
 

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