Friday, June 08, 2007

Listen to Besnard Lakes

Sitting here testing out my new headphones, and the Besnard Lakes sound phenomenal on these things. I got tired of wearing around these huge pair of headphones that I've had forever, so I picked up a pair of Bose in-ear headphones that are about the size of the regular earbuds, except they sound way better. A little expensive, but worth it.

Anyway, the Besnard Lakes make some some good music, and I think you should listen to it. I said a few things about their newest album back in January, and just recently I picked up their debut album as well. Both albums are worth whatever they're charging, plus tip. The Besnard Lakes were formed by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, and they're from Montreal, Canada. Half orchestral rock, and half psychedelic pop, they're a standout on the Jagjaguwar roster. Words from eMusic:
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 Volume 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.
Listen to a couple of tracks from each of their albums, and then go out and buy them. From the label, the band, eMusic, Amazon, a record store, wherever.

The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse (2007)