8 Songs, 38 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings


So some early reviews haven't been stellar (Pitchfork, COS) with some outlets saying the Besnards aren't varying their sound enough. I guess they should make a dance album next. Maybe dress like giant paper mâché' teddy bears on tour as well. Whatever. This is music for those with taste. The guitar work on The Refugee is mind blowing. Every track is great. My only gripe would be for the lack of more vocals from Olga. But I can deal.


The Besnard Lakes, are simply brilliant!!

It is nice to hear a great band, who has an out of this world crazy arse guitar player and two people Jace and Olga who sing and write brilliant lyrics. I love it. A band not afraid to play outside of the box and conform to whatever their label or manager tell them to do. There sound is perfect, unique and nothing like next band.Kudos to The Besnard Lakes are not afraid to sing outside the box. More bands with your talents should be able to put together such endearing lyrics like Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas! My only complaint was I was hoping for a longer album; 39 minutes wasn’t long enough for me to continue to enjoy there music. As a writer, this album is the perfect muse for me And Refuge, the guitar rife's were amazing. brilliant! Well Done!!


Amazing yet again

This music makes me so happy. Nobody like them right now.

About The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes raise immediate comparisons to the Arcade Fire, but those are primarily due to accidents of geography and band chemistry: like the Arcade Fire, the Besnard Lakes are from Montreal and led by a married couple. That's largely where the similarities end, because if this Quebecois collective resembles any of its Canadian counterparts, it would be as an unexpectedly effective combination of the Dears' psychedelic pop hooks and the languid space rock ambience of early Broken Social Scene. The aforementioned married couple, singer and guitarist Jace Lasek and singer and bassist Olga Goreas, formed the Besnard Lakes in 2001 as a sideline to Lasek's day job as an in-demand producer at the Montreal recording studio he and Goreas own, Breakglass Studios. (Lasek has produced and engineered records by Wolf Parade, the Dears, Stars, and many other Canadian indie acts.) The band was originally a full-time project, but before it could record its debut album, the other members of the band left. Undaunted, Lasek and Goreas recorded nearly all of 2003's Besnard Lakes, Vol.1 on their own during down time at the studio, then self-released the result. Following the album's glowing reviews, a touring lineup eventually solidified with guitarists Steve Raegele and Jeremiah Bullied, and drummer Kevin Laing. During sessions for the band's second album, Bullied was replaced by Richard White and keyboardist and arranger Nicole Lizée joined the band. Signing to the venerable dream pop indie label Jagjaguwar, the Besnard Lakes released their second album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, in February 2007 and followed it up with The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night in March 2010. 2011 saw the band embark on a couple of different soundtracking projects, including the recording of music for both Mark Ruffalo's Sympathy for Delicious and a multimedia documentary entitled Welcome to Pine Point. During that same year, they began sessions for what would eventually become 2013's Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, which was longlisted for that year's prestigious Polaris Music Prize. A Coliseum Complex Museum, the group's sixth studio long-player, followed in early 2016, with a new EP, The Besnard Lakes Are the Divine Wind, arriving in early 2017. ~ Stewart Mason

Montreal, Quebec, Canada



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