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The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes raise immediate comparisons to the Arcade Fire, but those are primarily due to accidents of geography and band chemistry: like the Arcade Fire, the Besnard Lakes are from Montreal and led by a married couple. That's largely where the similarities end, because if this Quebecois collective resembles any of its Canadian counterparts, it would be as an unexpectedly effective combination of the Dears' psychedelic pop hooks and the languid space rock ambience of early Broken Social Scene. The aforementioned married couple, singer and guitarist Jace Lasek and singer and bassist Olga Goreas, formed the Besnard Lakes in 2001 as a sideline to Lasek's day job as an in-demand producer at the Montreal recording studio he and Goreas own, Breakglass Studios. (Lasek has produced and engineered records by Wolf Parade, the Dears, Stars, and many other Canadian indie acts.) The band was originally a full-time project, but before it could record its debut album, the other members of the band left. Undaunted, Lasek and Goreas recorded nearly all of 2003's Besnard Lakes, Vol.1 on their own during down time at the studio, then self-released the result. Following the album's glowing reviews, a touring lineup eventually solidified with guitarists Steve Raegele and Jeremiah Bullied, and drummer Kevin Laing. During sessions for the band's second album, Bullied was replaced by Richard White and keyboardist and arranger Nicole Lizée joined the band. Signing to the venerable dream pop indie label Jagjaguwar, the Besnard Lakes released their second album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, in February 2007 and followed it up with The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night in March 2010. 2011 saw the band embark on a couple of different soundtracking projects, including the recording of music for both Mark Ruffalo's Sympathy for Delicious and a multimedia documentary entitled Welcome to Pine Point. During that same year, they began sessions for what would eventually become 2013's Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, which was longlisted for that year's prestigious Polaris Music Prize. A Coliseum Complex Museum, the group's sixth studio long-player, followed in early 2016, with an EP, The Besnard Lakes Are the Divine Wind, arriving in early 2017. ~ Stewart Mason
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  1.   Song
  2.   Albatross
  3.   Golden Lion
  4.   Disaster
  5.   Chicago Train
  6.   The Bray Road Beast
  7.   Laura Lee
  8.   Necronomicon
  9.   Holiday Sin
  10.   The Specter
  11.   For Agent 13
  12.   Life Rarely Begins with Tungsten Film #1
  13.   Skyscraper Girls
  14.   Deep, Desultory Dream
  15.   Four Long Lines
  16.   Towers Sent Her to Sheets of Sound
  17.   In the Forest
  18.   The Plain Moon
  19.   On Bedford and Grand
  20.   Colour Yr Lights In
  21.   Rides the Rails
  22.   And This is What We Call Progress
  23.   Cedric's War
  24.   For Spy Turned Musician
  25.   Land of Living Skies, Pt. 1: The Land
  26.   At Midnight
  27.   Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 1: The Ocean
  28.   Alamogordo
  29.   Thomasina
  30.   The Motorway
  31.   Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 2: The Innocent
  32.   46 Satires
  33.   Glass Printer
  34.   Land of Living Skies, Pt. 2: The Living Skies
  35.   The Corner
  36.   The Divine Wind
  37.   Light Up the Night
  38.   Tungsten 4: The Refugee
  39.   Devastation
  40.   Some Colour In the Sky
  41.   And You Lied to Me
  42.   This Thing
  43.   People of the Sticks
  44.   We're Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time)
  45.   Catalina
  46.   Casino Nanaimo
  47.   Because Tonight
  48.   Pressure of Our Plans
  49.   The Lonely Moan
  50.   And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
  51.   Nightingale
  52.   You've Got to Want to Be a Star

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