Monday, December 1, 2008

The Besnard Lakes: The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (4.5/5)

Jonathan's #3 out of 20 Album of 2008


Year: 2008
Label: Jagjaguwar
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Indie Rock
TRT: 52:42

The Besnard Lakes are an indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Formed by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. The band are currently a six-piece centered around the atmospheric songs of Lasek and Goreas, whose expansive sound culls from numerous aspects of rock 'n' roll history.

This band does more than just the "indie" sound that we've all come to know the meaning of in our own ways, but I feel they are creating their own niche in this ever expanding genre by adding psychedelic and atmospheric elements. The album starts out with a falsetto vocal part layered over top of tremolo guitar and a violin, which I think just sets the perfect mood for any listener about to experience the rest of these songs. And it doesn't hurt to have amazing bass lines that draw you deeper into the vibes and feelings saturated all over this recording.

This is the year where the "Beach Boys" harmonies and vocal styles are coming back stronger than ever, and this not an exception. With that said, I think anyone can listen and still appreciate the complete originality of the beautiful musicianship.

01 Disaster
02 For Agent 13
03 And You Lied to Me
04 Devastation
05 Because Tonight
06 Rides the Rails
07 On Bedford and Grand
08 Cedric's War

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

this was from 2007

rickdog said...

very early 2007