Men I Trust
“I Hope to be Around”

It’s a brand new year, so I got a new notebook. Its pristine, crisp pages are calling to me: “Fill me with promises. Fill me with hopes. This year, keep the dream alive.” It’s a summons similar to the one Montreal’s Men I Trust share on the song “I Hope to be Around”. “I hope to be around / The day we grasp in truth,” goes the opening line, as light, minimal disco bounces around the song’s airy atmosphere.

“I Hope to be Around” is the very definition of a clean, blank page. Mantras take the place of traditional verse/chorus structures; visualizations of a future self—of finding one’s truth and becoming it. The bassline flows like an uncapped roller ball pen, writing rhythms and setting a course for what comes next. Hope? Anticipation? Trepidation? It’s all possibility, all probability: “I dream of my future / Remote from time bounds / Becoming myself / In truth.”

Jim Di Gioia

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Jim started the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006. In 2016, he ended it. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim's served on the Polaris Music Prize jury since 2009 (always a jurist, never a grand jurist), and the Prism Prize since 2013. He never says no to poutine. Like ever.

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