Artist: The Besnard Lakes
Album: Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Label: Jagjaguwar / Cargo Records
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.
“At Jagjaguwar, we’re really not supposed to play favorites. Every band we work with is special, and each of their records occupies an important space within the independent music canon. However, when a relative or a stranger asks me who my absolute favorite band is, I barely miss a beat before I blurt out, “THE BESNARD LAKES.”
There is no other band on the planet that I’d sprint along 6th street during SXSW, lugging a bulky, 20lb fog machine for. As far as I can tell, no band has performed more beautifully on late night television. During the press cycle for “The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night”, I posted so many personal “THE BESNARD LAKES are so awesome!!!” Facebook statuses that someone sarcastically posted “So… do you like THE BESNARD LAKES?” on my wall. It is such an honor and a privilege to work for this band, and everyone can roll their eyes at what they think is hyperbole, but this love… it’s for real.
I am but one of many superfans. Sound Opinions called their last record “a gorgeous album that you could lose yourself in forever” and “an amazing achievement.” Across the pond, NME called it “nothing short of beautiful.” Under the Radar summed the record up succinctly with “note after note, moment after moment, song after song that build in anticipation, spectacle and beauty.” Greg Kot did say it best, though, when he wrote “Right now no one is making music this grand, this big, this moving with so much assurance” in The Chicago Tribune.
“Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO” is their fourth record and third with Jagjaguwar. Once again, THE BESNARDS have created a record I want to carry above my head, run across downtown Bloomington, Indiana with, and scream “LET’S GET LOST IN THESE DREAMY SOUNDSCAPES, YOU GUYS!” Occupying a micro-genre I like to call “Beautifulcore,” “Imperceptible UFO” is dense, triumphant, and immersive. It is a must. It receives my highest recommendation. My facebook friends might want to brace themselves for the next several months.
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