when i listen to the music of MONTREAL DREAM POP/INDIE ROCK band MEN I TRUST i catch glimpses of MAZZY STAR, THE CARPENTERS, FEIST and maybe even a little THIEVERY CORPORATION thrown in the mix. they have a hazy bed of light keyboards and gentle guitar chords that breathe in and out of one another that provides the perfect sonic bed for singer JESSY CARON's whispered and softly sung incantations.
its an intoxicating mix and i recommend it to anyone interested in modern INDIE POP. definitely worth checking out.
anything SHOEGAZE or DREAM POP, especially when it is well-constructed and executed, hits me right in the sweet spot. whether it is LUSH, NO JOY, SLOWDIVE, JAPANESE BREAKFAST, MY BLOODY VALENTINE or BEACH HOUSE, i enjoy discovering bands that make ethereal, impressionistic, guitar-based music that use feedback as a means of washing over and smothering you to blissful oblivion. that is a sonic experience i am always game for.
i cam across TORONTO's TALLIES recently and i could not be more taken by their intoxicating jangly yet echo-and-reverb-drenched sound. and then there is that voice. guitarist and vocalist SARAH COGAN is someone to look out for in the future.
great promising young band well worth checking out.
NATASH KHAN (a.k.a. BAT FOR LASHES) is a BRITISH singer-songwriter of partial PAKISTANI descent known for her lush DREAM POP sound and terse lyricism that are often biographical allegories.
in my mind she is the next progression in modern pop music that has emerged out of the UNITED KINGDOM post-BRITPOP as she is the very physical embodiment, much like M.I.A. (SRI LANKA) and STORMZY (GHANA), of an exceedingly multi-cultural youth culture. and from this web of diverse second-generation immigrants comes new cultural touchstones that reflect with authenticity on the changing definition of BRITISH identity.
but aside all that her music is dense and thought-provoking. well worth investigating.