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Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO

by The Besnard Lakes

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Ian Handsley
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Ian Handsley Fell in love with this album on the first pass. The blurry haze of all the instruments works so well with their voices, which stitch tracks together so brilliantly. The Specter aside, songs move effortlessly into rinsed out shoegazey choruses and crescendos that often feature quite beautiful duets between Jace and Olga. This what shoegaze would have sounded like in the late 60s and early 70s. Amazing. Favorite track: The Specter.
dave doran
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dave doran I like all the offerings from this group but Coliseum Complex is the album to start with since to me, it represents the epitome of their musical ideas
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46 Satires 06:44
The Specter 06:33
At Midnight 05:50
Catalina 06:14
Alamogordo 07:04


The Besnard Lakes' 'Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO' had its humble beginnings in mid-2011 and was completed over the course of a year. Ever mindful and attentive to the most subtle and nuanced details, founding band members Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, recorded and mixed at the stalwart Breakglass Studios in Montreal with long time band mates Kevin Laing and Richard White. Eventually mastered by the renowned Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, this fourth album by The Besnard Lakes' features heavyweight additions by Moonface's Spencer Krug and Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers' Sarah Page, the always-enchanting Monica Guenter and the return of Fifth String Liberation Singers' Choir.  

The story of the album unfolds its introspection on the endurance of the human spirit during prophetic times as told by a spy or two, maybe more. Each of the eight tracks on the album takes off, coasts, and lands smoothly, with a jubilant slowburn of its own momentum for the benefit of the larger picture. The Besnard Lakes create a distinct and dreamy headspace, an enigmatic and somehow familiar placelessness. It happens in such a way that both the close and casual listener find themselves immersed in the generous sonic vision, one moment as timeless as the next.


released April 2, 2013

The Besnard Lakes:

Olga Goreas: Vocals, Bass, Omnichord
Kevin Laing: Drums, Percussion
Jace Lasek: Guitars, Keyboards, Therevox, Percussion, Vocals
Richard White: Guitars, String arrangements

Featured Artists:

Spencer Krug: Vibraphone, Bowed Vibraphone, Marimba
Michael Bigelow: Xylophone
The Fifth String Liberation Choir (Catherine McCandless, Corri-Lynn Tetz, Krista Muir): vocals
Monica Guenter: Violins, Violas
Sarah Pagé: Harp, Dulcimer


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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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