“Untourable Album” offers soft and relaxing independent tunes – The Oswegonian
Canadian independent band Men I Trust (“Lauren”), with Jessy Caron on bass and guitar, Dragos Chiriac on keyboard and Emmanuelle Proulx as lead singer, released their fourth album “Untourable Album” on August 24th.
The overall sound of Men I Trust is similar to that of Phoebe Bridgers (“Garden Song”), or Clairo’s “Sling” album, with relaxed energy and simple but poetic lyrics. “Show Me How” is the band’s most played song on Spotify, with 85 million plays.
Produced in quarantine, Men I Trust named the album thinking they couldn’t shoot for it. However, they are currently on tour and their closest stop to Oswego will be October 31 and November 2 in Brooklyn, or November 4 in Toronto.
With 13 songs and 38 minutes, “Untourable Album” is exactly what the band wanted to say for this album with little room for unnecessarily long interludes or ballads. “Untourable” quickly reveals itself less as an interpretive art project than as a direct tone.
First on the album, “Organon” gently draws the listener away with soft synths and whispers in Proulx’s usual dreamy voice. With humming lyrics, “When I smell the sweet hay, peace of mind comes, the distant land I come from, honey and sun”, Proulx cradles the listener in a better open space than before to prepare. fully easy to listen to the rest of the album.
“Untourable Album” focuses heavily on the group’s dreampop / jazzpop aesthetic and the late summer release date greatly benefited the tone. “Before Dawn” and “Water Serenade” make you feel like you’re coming home from the beach or coming home from your last shift at your summer job.
However, not all songs are as smooth and sweet as the ones mentioned earlier. “5am Waltz” is darker, with limited vocals that sums up the feeling of being up at 5am after a long night or early morning. Bouncing from the most depressing, Men I Trust envelops the listener in a repetition of easy rhythms and pleasant feelings with “Always Lone”, a simple bass jam with Proulx swinging throughout.
“Untourable” makes excellent use of stereo sounds, reflecting smaller rhythms to keep the listener interested in what would otherwise be a bit repetitive sound. Proulx’s voice carries it all with an ethereal feel, linking the beats together and making it unique.
Without Proulx, Men I Trust and “Untourable”, above all, would not stand out. Its soft whispers allow the group to fill their niche easily and efficiently, setting themselves apart from other dreampop groups like the Cocteau Twins.
The only big negative point of the album is the cover. The kids in the front are an eyesore. However, the photo of worldly Canadian life is intentional. Photographer Lynn Goldsmith has published a photo book called “A Day in the Life of Canada”. Men I Trust took inspiration from the rhythm and daily patterns of everyday life, translating them into their music, and Goldsmith created the cover photo especially for the album.
“Untourable” is a huge hit and will be repeated every relaxing weekend while working on chores or chores.
Image of The men I trust via YouTube