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

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