The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night on LP + Download
With 2010 album The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, the husband-and-wife duo of Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek have once again crafted a majestic, sprawling vision of guitar bombast and captivating pop experiments. The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night calls upon the influence of ELO and finer parts of the Alan Parsons Project in its orchestration. Still helped by the Ghost of Beach Boys Past, the album is more Dennis Wilson than Brian, and more Peter Green Fleetwood Mac than Lindsay Buckingham.
That said, standout track "Albatross" has all the swagger of a Stevie Nicks-led Fleetwood Mac classic or Roy Orbison reimagined as a rollicking, snakeskin-booted Mazzy Star - dousing it all in gas and throwing the match as we hear its tale of Vancouver's skid row and its inhabitants. The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night was tracked and recorded on Breakglass Studio's latest acquisition, a 1968 Neve germanium mixing console rumored to have been used to record portions of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti.
The album also introduces some new instrumentation for the band: 12 string guitar, flute, omnichord and mellotron. With the aid of Besnard members Kevin Laing on drums and Richard White on guitar, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is a dense, ambitious recording, experimenting, as always, with the studio as instrument. The album is a dark bliss-out that folds the eerie guitar epics of the Montreal band's breakthrough into a wall of affected drones and atmospherics, but with a toughened immediacy and grit that gives the form a much-needed shove over the cliffs, making for a haunting, provocative swan dive into the crushing tide.
The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night Track Listing:
1. Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean
2. Like the Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent
3. Chicago Train
5. Glass Printer
6. Land Of Living Skies Pt.1: The Land
7. Land Of Living Skies Pt. 2: The Living Skies
8. And This Is What We Call Progress
9. Light Up The Night
10. The Lonely Moan