The ideal way to listen to indie pop band Men I Trust involves lying in
Dream pop is the perfect way to describe the Canada-based group’s style. Guitarist and vocalist Emma Proulx, with her fairy-like white-blonde hair and smooth, mystical voice, led the audience on a journey through their performance from the start. She was joined by her three bandmates as they somehow blended together the unlikely vibes of calming rhythms and grooving, heel-tapping beats.
The music, as well as the performers, made listeners feel
The band released their new single, “Show Me How,” earlier this year, along with a self-directed music video. This is one of few songs to drop in a while; they released a couple singles in 2016 and 2017, but have not released an album since 2015’s Headroom. They started their Madison set with “Break for Lovers,” a track from
Simple, funky melodies backed Proulx’s subdued, enchanting vocals. From the start, the crowd was infected with calmness, a feeling that lingers today as I listen (and re-listen) to Men I Trust’s entire discography. Proulx simultaneously plucked psychedelic, swelling notes on her guitar — a signature of hers that stuck through the set, but was particularly highlighted in “Show Me How,” a song they played just before the show’s close.
They also played tracks from their four-year-old self-titled album, making “Stay True” and “Dazed” the centerpieces of their set. These sandwiched what I thought was the pinnacle of the show and their best song, "Lauren," because of the way you can’t help but groove to it. In these
Behind the band’s greatness seems to be simplicity — the songs uncomplicated, Proulx’s vocals reserved. They’re genuine people, smiling and just enjoying playing on stage. Their only talking break involved Proulx sweetly apologizing for the French-speakers' poor English, saying “Some days, my body just doesn’t feel like speaking English.”
One can only hope the handful of singles dropped over the last couple years and their 2018 tour hints at a soon-to-come new album and a future return to Madison.