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The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO (2013)

41bha7KCboL__AA160_The Besnard Lakes are a cross-Canada success story. In 2000 the husband/wife combo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas met in Vancouver, moved to Regina, before finally settling in Montreal. Lasek runs Breakglass Studios in Montreal which allows him and Goreas to start working on material in the studio before guitarist Richard White and drummer Kevin Laing enter to help flesh out the songs. Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO is the band’s fourth album and third with Jagjaguwar Records.

The dreamy vocals and swirling guitars of “46 Satires” sets the tone immediately, recalling both the early 90s shoegazer scene as well as the prog rock of the early 70s. “People of the Sticks” is a love story of finding your kindred soul mate but it can go virtually unnoticed behind Laing’s driving beat and the band’s harder edged guitar sound. Lasek’s falsetto vocals add a bit of Beach Boys flair to both the atmospheric “The Specter” and the mesmerizing “Colour Yr Lights In”.

All of the tracks on Until in Excess… clock in at well over five minutes but never meander into sluggish jam band interludes, melody is always the main focus. It’s an amazing ability that The Besnard Lakes can sit just as easily on a shelf beside your dad’s 60s psychedelic albums as they do the latest My Bloody Valentine. You can hear for yourself when the band plays the Park Theatre on June 18th.


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