Came across Men I Trust through a live video the band did on their latest track ‘Lauren’. The initial plan was to write a bit about that, but the original studio version is just too good to not talk about.
In short, Men I Trust is an indie-dance band from Quebec City, Canada. But just that description doesn’t really do justice to the kind of music the Canadian quartet actually makes. A little backstory: In early years, pianist and guitarist Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron worked together on an Italo/disco track together. A few years later –both musicians continued to work together in the meantime – the duo was introduced to singer Odile Marmet-Rochefort. With her the duo worked on a classical/baroque piece. Eventually in 2015 second singer Emmanuelle Proulx joined the trio on stage, with a voice that sounded significantly different from Odile’s voice.
Hearing both different vocalists working together so well is one of the best thing when listening to Men I Trust. Unsurprisingly both vocalists have a big role to play in most of the band’s songs. Which makes it easy to forget to mention some of the brilliant instrumental tracks that go underneath those vocals.
Just saying ‘indie-dance’ isn’t enough. Men I Trust has the appeal of a band. There’s just a lot of recognizable typical band instruments in there. But the blend with electronic elements (especially in some of the beats) is really subtle and well done. Everything sounds very natural together, which also goes for the vocals.
This is what makes the original ‘Lauren’ sound so good. The song and lyrics are some of the best we’ve heard this month, surely. But the sound of pretty much every Men I Trust song just has that certain quality and sound that sounds natural, new and unlike anything we’ve heard.