The Besnard Lakes: Filling The Room With Sound

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hide captionThe Besnard Lakes' "Albatross" cakes on layers of glorious harmonies, overblown guitars and swirling feedback.

Jessica Eaton
The Besnard Lakes; credit: Jessica Eaton

The Besnard Lakes' "Albatross" cakes on layers of glorious harmonies, overblown guitars and swirling feedback.

Jessica Eaton

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  • Artist: The Besnard Lakes
  • Song: "Albatross"
  • CD: The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
  • Genre: Rock

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In an era of bedroom recordings and laptop productions, The Besnard Lakes' members specialize in big, arena-sized moments. Led by the husband-and-wife duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, the sprawling Montreal collective crafts complex and dramatic anthems that fill the room with blissful sound. From the ominous opening strains of the group's latest record, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, the band sounds as epic as ever. With songs that mash together dark psychedelia, sunny chamber-pop and heroic prog-rock riffs, the album builds slowly from introspective beauty to fiery intensity.

"Albatross" finds Goreas taking the vocal spotlight, singing sweetly while accompanied by insular, shoegaze-tinged fuzz. Yet as the song expands in scope — caking on layer upon layer of glorious harmonies, overblown guitars, swirling feedback and the propulsive thunder of drums — "Albatross" begins to buckle like a collapsing star. In this cathartic peak, The Besnard Lakes' members bring all those disparate musical elements together in one bracing triumph.

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  • Album: Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
  • Artist: The Besnard Lakes
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Released: 2010
 

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