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The Golden Lion

by The Besnard Lakes

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Golden Lion 03:46
The Motorway 04:38


The Besnard Lakes return with The Golden Lion 12" - three brand new tracks as a precursor to a new album due in 2016. Make no mistake: these are three tracks of The Besnard Lakes at their most glorious, anthemic, psychedelic best.

In late 2014, The Besnard Lakes hit the road with a brand new line up; retaining the core of husband and wife team Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, plus longterm drummer Kevin Laing, they expanded to a five piece adding Sheena Ko (of the High Dials and USA out of Vietnam) plus Robbie Macarthur (also of the High Dials) on synths and guitar respectively. A total rejuvenation of the band, these were some of the most downright glorious and visceral shows The Besnard Lakes had played to date, blowing the roof off venue after venue with an enviable catalogue of anthems. As soon as they were back from tour, Lasek and Goreas hunkered down to write some of the most definitive Besnard Lakes songs to date.

"Golden Lion", taken from the forthcoming album, is a perfect distillment of everything that is great about the band. A kaleidoscopic Beatles-esque verse gives way to one of the most glorious Besnard Lakes choruses yet delivered, a true classic in the making. B-sides “The Motorway” and “In the Forest” are exclusive to this 12” and are prime slices of hazy psychedelia.

The Besnard Lakes will be announcing a new full length shortly and touring in late 2015 and throughout 2016.


released November 13, 2015

1. Golden Lion
Jace Lasek (contracted featured artist): vocals, guitars, keys, synths
Olga Goreas (contracted featured artist): bass
Kevin Laing (other featured artist): drums

2. The Motorway
Jace Lasek (contracted featured artist): vocals, guitars
Olga Goreas (contracted featured artist): bass
Kevin Laing (other featured artist): drums
Sheenah Ko (other featured artist): vibraphone
Robbie MacArthur (other featured artist): ebow

3. In The Forest
Jace Lasek (contracted featured artist): vocals, guitars, percussion
Olga Goreas (contracted featured artist): bass
Kevin Laing (other featured artist): drums
Sheenah Ko (other featured artist): vibraphone, keys, synth
Robbie MacArthur (other featured artist): guitars
Mamoru Kobayakaw (other featured artist): strings
John Corban (other featured artist): violin
Kristina Koropecki (other featured artist): cello


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The Besnard Lakes Montreal, Québec

Unique among their furrowed brow peers, The Besnard Lakes are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. ... more


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