Monday, January 22, 2007

The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse

The Besnard Lakes might be the dark horse to become your next favorite band, and that just so happens to coincide with the name of the psychedelic indie rock band's album that will be released on Jagjaguwar next month. The Besnard Lakes proper is frontman Jace Lasek along with his wife and fellow band member Olga Goreas, and though the two normally have additional members along with them they decided to handle the instrument duties of recording their album themselves. This came as a surprise to me, as the album sounds so full and powerful that you wouldn't think it was created by only two people. I recently discoved that Lasek also had a hand in producing Sunset Rubdown’s Shut Up I Am Dreaming, as well as the 2005 album from Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary.

On The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse Lasek and Goreas create eight tracks full of psychedelic delight that sounds to me like something along the lines of an unlikely mixture of the Beach Boys and Jefferson Airplane, if they had recorded in the 21st century instead of the 20th. The songs are slow building and filled with crashing rises and falls, then wrapped in anthemic songwriting and intoxicating vocals which are shared by both husband and wife. The opening track on the album titled "Disaster" melts into a shout-along jam and you'll immediately recognize my inclination to name-drop the Beach Boys.

The Besnard Lakes - Disaster

There are other standout tracks such as "Devistation" which builds and dies multiple times before ultimately unraveling at the end, as well as the siren song-like "For Agent 13" and the rolling smoke vibes of "And You Lied To Me."

The Besnard Lakes - And You Lied To Me

The sound on The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse is so good that I found myself pushing the headphones against my ears to really hear it. Don't discount it at its relatively short number of 8 tracks either, this recods packs a wallop.

You can listen to a stream of the entire album on the front page of label site Jagjaguwar.com, and visit The Besnard Lakes at their official site and myspace. Obscure Sound also has a great piece on the band, and be ready to pencil them into your SXSW plans as well.

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