[Album Review] Men I Trust- Headroom
Reader Rating: (3 Votes)


Release Date: June 30th, 2015
Label: Independent

The electronic duo of Jessy Caron and Dragos Chiriac continue where they left off with last year’s self-titled debut. They even invite along much of the same supporting cast (Odile Marmet-Rochefort, Geoffroy Sauvé, Helena Deland), although there are some new faces (or voices). It’s the same magic. If anything, it’s even better.

Over the first half of the record they further experiment with the infusion of ’60s baroque pop into contemporary chill/house with intoxicating results. In addition to the above-mentioned, they also call upon Ghostly Kisses and Emmanuelle Proulx to provide vocals. In the latter half they get into some electronica sans vocals. Just as great. “Aquarelle” has finger-snapping in a late-night cool jazz piano bar, with some inventive synthetic percussive sounds to go along with it. The curiously named “Sad Organ” (it’s actually up-beat and nothing in it sounds like an organ) has bubbling synths and a traditional drumbeat backing a prog-like display of analogue-style electronics. Then psychedelic strings (think “I Am the Eggman”) are cleverly counterpointed with synthesizers that go from mournful to sprightly by the end of the song “Space is the Place”.

The album ends off with “Offertorio”, a faux Gregorian chant featuring Nicolas Grynzspan. It’s quite beautiful. A lovely way to end an album. It also reinforces the notion that these guys can pull off just about anything they put their mind to. I’d be content with just more of the same.