Monday, February 08, 2010

The Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes are a Montreal collective fronted by husband-and-wife duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek. I have mentioned them a time or two in the past, and put their last album near the top of my year-end list in 2007. They have a new album coming in 2010, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, set to be released on March 9th via Jagjaguwar. It is their most fully-recognized effort yet, and I can already tell that the album will be making an appearance on my best-of list for 2010.

According to a press release, the album was recorded with a vintage 1968 Neve germanium mixing console used to record portions of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, and follows a twisting chronicle of spies, double agents, novelists and aspiring rock gods turned violent.
"The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night is a dark bliss-out that folds the eerie guitar epics of the band’s breakthrough, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, into a wall of affected drones and atmospherics. The toughened immediacy and grit that gives the form a much-needed shove over the cliffs makes for a haunting, provocative swan dive into the crushing tide."
The Besnard Lakes will be making their way to Austin for SXSW, something I don't plan to miss. Singer/guitarist Jace Lasek has also launched a new side project with Besnard Lakes co-founder Michael Gardiner. Dubbed The Soft Province, their self-titled debut album will be out sometime this year through Three Ring Records.