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

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