13 September 2010
listen: star gazing
Story by Andrew Reinholds
Enter a Psychedelic State with the new album – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night.
Led by the husband and wife efforts of Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek, Montreal collective The Besnard Lakes’ third album sees them deliver a blindingly brilliant listen, that is both beautiful and bewitching to behold. Unlike fellow Canadians The Arcade Fire, The Besnard Lakes latest effort conjures up images of sunsets, star gazing, mountains ranges and sea eagles rather than shopping malls, picket fences and deserted suburban streets.
It’s this sense of scale and landscape that provides …Are The Roaring Night its backdrop, to which disturbing tales of spies, double agents and other coded messages are revealed. Throughout the record, guitars groan and roar with layers of further drone that wash over the granite rhythm section, driven on by Goreas Apache-like bass beat. Lacek’s haunting falsetto spirals and dives, conjuring images of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys are backed by My Bloody Valentine. Are The Roaring Nights is a stirring epic that delivers glorious psychedelic harmonies with hooks big enough to land a Marlin. Well worth investigating further.