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

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