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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 a new 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.   Colour Yr Lights In
  7.   Laura Lee
  8.   People of the Sticks
  9.   In the Forest
  10.   Glass Printer
  11.   Necronomicon
  12.   Towers Sent Her to Sheets of Sound
  13.   Holiday Sin
  14.   We're Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time)
  15.   Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 2: The Innocent
  16.   Land of Living Skies, Pt. 2: The Living Skies
  17.   Deep, Desultory Dream
  18.   Some Colour In the Sky
  19.   Tungsten 4: The Refugee
  20.   The Plain Moon
  21.   Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 1: The Ocean
  22.   For Spy Turned Musician
  23.   And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
  24.   On Bedford and Grand
  25.   This Thing
  26.   For Agent 13
  27.   The Corner
  28.   Four Long Lines
  29.   The Divine Wind
  30.   Casino Nanaimo
  31.   Light Up the Night
  32.   Because Tonight
  33.   You've Got to Want to Be a Star
  34.   Alamogordo
  35.   Cedric's War
  36.   The Motorway
  37.   At Midnight
  38.   Land of Living Skies, Pt. 1: The Land
  39.   Skyscraper Girls
  40.   Devastation
  41.   Thomasina
  42.   Catalina
  43.   The Bray Road Beast
  44.   46 Satires
  45.   The Specter
  46.   Life Rarely Begins with Tungsten Film #1
  47.   And This is What We Call Progress
  48.   Pressure of Our Plans
  49.   Rides the Rails
  50.   The Lonely Moan
  51.   Nightingale
  52.   And You Lied to Me

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