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Oncle Jazz

Men I Trust

2019

Oncle Jazz
Album Summary

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Men I Trust is a Canadian indie band from Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 2014, the band consists of Emmanuelle Proulx (lead vocals, guitar), Jessy Caron (guitar, bass guitar), and Dragos Chiriac (keyboards). The group have self-released all of their music and have released physical editions on Canadian indie label Return to Analog. Men I Trust have independently released four studio albums, Men I Trust (2014), Headroom (2015), Oncle Jazz (2019), and Untourable Album (2021). They have also released two physical-only EPs, Men I Trust (2017) and Tailwhip (2018). In November 29, 2018, the group announced their third studio album Oncle Jazz, which released on September 13, 2019. The album had initially been scheduled to release in February 2019, but was delayed multiple times due to the band's touring schedule and so they could ensure that it was ready. Eight of the twelve singles released since their previous album were reworked and included on this album. In a conversation with writer Nick Fulton for Billboard, the band noted that the green, solitary confines of rural Quebec were influential in shaping how the album sounded. Proulx stated "It put us in a really different creative mood and we were able to focus more, because there’s nothing to do outside of the house except for walking and thinking about music," Oncle Jazz was long listed for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize.

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Rating

3.19

Votes

81

Genres

  • Indie
  • Pop

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Tue Sep 26 2023
4

Ok this is a tough one. On one hand I really dug the vibe and I looooved the singer's voice. But on the other, it was submitted by someone who I vehemently disagree with musically. I mean, look at their worst rated artists! What??? Hooow? But it’s not about that, it’s about the album. And I hate to say it, but I agree with the submitter. This was a great album and I’ll listen to their other stuff. I really wanted to hate it though. I do hate the album art though. Ugh.

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Sat Jan 27 2024
4

What if Québécois music was soft and sexy

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Sun Feb 18 2024
3

Firstly, this wins cutest album cover. Just look at them! Just a little guy! As for the music, it was great vibey background stuff, but pulling it into the foreground got it quite samey, and really emphasized how long of an album it was with too little to say across the run time.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
5

Wow, this is a perfect soft work, and I did feel quite transported to the secluded woods.

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Sat Nov 11 2023
4

Saw these guys live, lovely band.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
4

Cool vibe on this one. Thanks for suggesting.

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

This album is a really chill listen, and I am a big fan of the dream pop vibes, but 70 minutes is quite long. 8/10

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

7/10. Feels like it could be a soundtrack for Purgatory. But maybe I just need to stop listening to albums after lunch.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
4

Somehow manages to be both dreamy and down to earth all at once.

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Fri Sep 08 2023
3

Jazzy pop? Far too soft and waify for me, but I can appreciate it from afar. 3/5.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
3

I think I get the concept - kind of ultra-smoothed down, edgeless pop. But although I'm assuming the sound is intentional, I had a hard time hearing much of the production as anything other than extremely muddy. The extended sections that sounded uncannily like the cheap department store cassettes I used to own in the dozens as a teen - when they started to wear out - were a particular slog. Still, I was wondering over by several songs.

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Sat Jan 27 2024
3

There is a whole world of breathy synth yacht rock ‘vibes’ music that I don’t know a lot about, thank you

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Fri Feb 09 2024
3

A nice funky groove, albeit a bit one dimensional and I kind of got a little bored towards the end. Sounds nice though.

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Sat Feb 24 2024
3

This was a very pleasant listening experience. Oh so dreamy, and a lovely voice.

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Sat Feb 24 2024
3

I thought this was prettig cool. Nice laidback and dreamy sound. On a good moment this is really enjoyable.

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Sat Mar 02 2024
3

Deeply grooved and seemingly resistant to the usual methods of choosing deep cuts. Absolutely earns it length as an example of 'teens pop for thinking twenty-somethings. The record's impact remains to develop; Men I Trust with their indie dodge avoid the means of musical brute force.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
3

It is what it is, but I enjoyed it much more than expected

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Mon Apr 01 2024
3

Yes! Been waiting for an excuse to listen to this one. 4 3

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Wed Apr 03 2024
3

Great production, nice relaxed electronic, jazz, funk mix. However not too special.

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Mon Apr 15 2024
3

Listened to a few of this band's tracks before, but was put off largely by what I felt to be a massive wave of overrated hype. Now that the craze has subsided, it was nice to come back with a fresh mindset and finally give this a full listen. These guys are undoubtedly masters of their craft – the instrumentation flows freely and organically, a dynamic contradiction to how difficult this type of music is to write and play well. The songwriting pops, and while the tracks do start to blend together on the back half of this 70-minute sprawl, there's never a dull moment or wrong turn to be had. My only complaint would be that there's too much good music on this LP – it's fun to hear different themes and motifs revisited across the album's span, but cutting some fat and getting this down to a 40-minute runtime would've made it that more punchy and powerful.

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Sun Apr 28 2024
3

Dream pop. Pleasant and ethereal. Reminds me a bit of the gentle feeling induced from those old Cafe del mar mellow Ibiza dance CDs.

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Wed May 08 2024
3

Pretty nice. A little long. 3 stars.

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Wed May 08 2024
2

Way too long. The album artwork made me think I was going absolutely hate this and that it was going to be garbage. It was not the worst thing I have ever listened to, but I do not think it was really enjoyable. I will round up.

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Wed May 15 2024
1

It's, what, fine? Although it's a lot of background my music if we're being honest. Actually, no, it's not fine. Whoever selected this album branded damn near half the albums on this list with 1 ratings. Maybe more than half. And THIS is the hill they're willing to die on?

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