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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. ~ Stewart Mason
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  1.   Song
  2.   Albatross
  3.   Golden Lion
  4.   Disaster
  5.   Chicago Train
  6.   Cedric's War
  7.   Tungsten 4: The Refugee
  8.   Deep, Desultory Dream
  9.   Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 1: The Ocean
  10.   And You Lied to Me
  11.   Necronomicon
  12.   For Agent 13
  13.   Some Colour In the Sky
  14.   Skyscraper Girls
  15.   Because Tonight
  16.   The Motorway
  17.   Nightingale
  18.   Land of Living Skies, Pt. 2: The Living Skies
  19.   And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
  20.   Light Up the Night
  21.   On Bedford and Grand
  22.   Rides the Rails
  23.   We're Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time)
  24.   You've Got to Want to Be a Star
  25.   The Lonely Moan
  26.   Thomasina
  27.   The Bray Road Beast
  28.   And This is What We Call Progress
  29.   Pressure of Our Plans
  30.   Alamogordo
  31.   Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 2: The Innocent
  32.   Four Long Lines
  33.   This Thing
  34.   The Corner
  35.   For Spy Turned Musician
  36.   At Midnight
  37.   Glass Printer
  38.   People of the Sticks
  39.   In the Forest
  40.   Catalina
  41.   The Plain Moon
  42.   Casino Nanaimo
  43.   Colour Yr Lights In
  44.   Devastation
  45.   Towers Sent Her to Sheets of Sound
  46.   The Specter
  47.   46 Satires
  48.   Land of Living Skies, Pt. 1: The Land
  49.   Holiday Sin
  50.   Life Rarely Begins with Tungsten Film #1
  51.   2nd Day of Healings
  52.   After Gig Dean Burns Oogie
  53.   Ariel Collapses
  54.   Dean Ponders
  55.   Dean Signs with Nina
  56.   Dean Wakes
  57.   Dean Is Free
  58.   End of 1st Day of Healings
  59.   Matilda Healing
  60.   Rene's Healing
  61.   Wages of Fame
  62.   Skyscraper Girls by TheBesnardLakes
  63.   This Thing by TheBesnardLakes
  64.   For Spy Turned Musician by TheBesnardLakes
  65.   Thomasina by TheBesnardLakes
  66.   You've Got To Want To Be A Star by TheBesnardLakes
  67.   Deep Desultory Dream by TheBesnardLakes
  68.   Life Rarely Begins With Tungsten Film by TheBesnardLakes

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