24 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

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.

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

DJ Secko ,

Thank you KCRW!

This band is amazing and I have KCRW to thank. I first heard their songs on KCRW and I feel in love with their music as I was driving home from work. I remember being so excited to get home and tell my wife about them.

wisconsin jimbo ,

Band is pretty good

Good new band with several excellent songs. All that say Album V are songs they have released individually over the last few years. All of those are very good. Both versions of Tailwhip are great. Good live band also- check them out as they are touring into 2020.

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