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An obvious motif of repetition is the defining marker of The M’s. The Chicago quartet utilizes peppy pop/rock nostalgic of The Strokes to create freewheeling fun. Their sophomore release, Future Women, contains 11 songs bursting with fast-paced energy, and by keeping the track length short, the M’s are able to maintain engagement from their audience.The opener, “Plan of the Man,” is what most closely assimilates the M’s to the Strokes. The imitative introduction is nearly identical to that of “Last Nite.” Move past the intro and the song comes into its own with a spunky, get-down groove, and the album launches from there. It’s a shame that this is the first track for you can’t ignore the comparisons set forth.
“Shawnee Dupree” lays out a sexy beat matched with smooth lyrics and harmonies. Perhaps the most addictive of the tracks, “Going Over It,” lays bells over the infectious, almost droning beat set by the guitar and bass. The M’s brings the pace back with a lovely lullaby, “Light I Love.” Harmonica, strings, and bells are added with a most delicate touch creating a beautiful piece.
The repetition that so defines the group is most apparent in “My Gun.” Light bells mark the introduction for static guitar and a moving bass. The four measure vamp is repeated practically exclusively throughout the piece. The lyrics, which are slightly too indiscernible to quote, rehash as well. The branding aspect of The M’s is that they can maintain such monotony for four minutes and still create a gem.
The M’s have assembled a winner with Future Women. It’s a sound so agreeable you’ll be wanting more.