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Men I Trust’s Oncle Jazz is the Musical Highlight of 2019

Men I Trust, an alt-pop/neo-psychedelia band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, continues their reign of producing the most heavenly-inspired, borderline Twin-Peaks-porn music there is on the platform by gifting fans of the wildly pacifying and transcending tunes with their brand new 24-track (yes, you heard correctly) album, Oncle Jazz.

A few songs on this LP, to be fair though, have been released before in the past two years; Tailwhip being the band’s most popular single in all their 5-year career and placed slightly behind Tailwhip‘s #1 spot, we also have their exotic hit Show Me How. The atmospherically dynamic piece You Deserve This has been around since 2017 and their more recent single Say Can You Here rides victoriously due to its refreshingly speedy pace. Then comes Numb (my favorite song of the year thus far), Seven, and I Hope to Be Around; the three being my all-time personal favorites of Men I Trust’s entire discography. And last but certainly not least, Norton Commander, being their latest bestseller. The track has nearly a half-million views and was released only four months before the album’s official release.

The weight has been lifted off my shoulders because I can safely say the rest of the tracks on Oncle Jazz are nearly as emblematic or as fruitful as the tracks previously mentioned above. Emma Proulx’s vocals on every single track are so heavenly and divinely presented that many may consider them the closest sound that can convince one into a pure, unalloyed relaxation mode.

Oncle Jazz (the track) is an endearing introduction to the album, in fact, all of the short interludes on the LP are exquisite; this is not limited to tracks like Slap Pie which has an orgasmic bassline and immediately right after, Fiero GT which sounds like it was pulled straight out of Pink Floyd’s The Wall with a Men I Trust touch to it. Poodle Mud would have to be my favorite intermission of the group considering its droopy aesthetic but slight edge and rebellious bassline really adds a neat tonal inclusion to the album.

Found Me, All Night, Pines, and Pierre are definitely the newer standouts on the LP that clearly aim to be the more mature pieces of Men I Trust’s discography; the production sounds grander and more applicable to a wider range of music listeners. These four songs additionally have the potential of becoming smash hits for the band since they embrace their pop recipe with vitality. Found Me reminds me of an 80s synth hit (and a good one at that) with Men I Trust’s usual catchy ballads. All Night takes the band a decade further and presents itself as this mixed mutation of a 90s jazz/pop piece that took its tempo down to a much slower pace in order to produce soporific implications. Emma’s vocals even seem to be a bit more prideful than usual on this track. Pines is an interesting song that has graciously authentic acoustics and an unexpected robotic vocal accompaniment that secretively sounds like one of the legendary robots from Daft Punk. Pierre sees Emma distinctly at her most persuasive and boldly takes the spot as the LP’s primary emotional puller. The instrumentals are dazzling especially when it came down to the involvement of flutes which was a delightful surprise.

Tailwhip Revisited is the only track I would have to say I wasn’t too cheery about on Oncle Jazz. It’s a pointless remix that should’ve unquestionably been replaced with their single Lauren, which I’m still left a tad confused on why it isn’t on the album in the first place. Furthermore, one could argue that a lot of their songs are too tonally similar, and while I do think it’s a fair criticism, I think there’s just enough musical diversion in the album as a whole to justify its extensive mood. It’s hard to argue or deeply critique such a gifted group of individuals who produce some of the dreamiest of dreamy melodies. You simply don’t really witness music like this being crafted anymore in the 21st Century.

Men I Trust are doing what The Beatles did for Rock and Roll or what Madonna did for Classic Pop, but, instead, with Dream-Pop. Yes, indeed; Oncle Jazz will be forever remembered as a quintessential landmark for its genre.

Verdict: A-

“Oncle Jazz” is now available to stream on Spotify, Deezer, Play Music, iHeartRadio, and Apple Music.

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