The story of The Besnard Lakes begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group's husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple's campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album.

The Besnard Lakes Announce Fourth Album – ‘Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO,’ Stream First Single Now

The Besnard Lakes bring you their fourth album – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO. It’s an absolutely gorgeous work, set for release on April 2. Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, record and mixed the record and then sent it over to Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound for mastering. You’ll also hear Moonface’s Spencer Krug, Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers’ Sarah Page, Monica Guenter and the Fifth String Liberation Singers’ Choir on the recordings. See the full track list below.

NPR premiered the first single, “People Of The Sticks,” this morning. You can stream the new track above.

“…it’s safe to say we’re in for another soaringly gorgeous record from the Canadian rock group.” – Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered

Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Track List:
1. 46 Satires
2. And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
3. People Of The Sticks
4. The Specter
5. At Midnight
6. Catalina
7. Colour Yr Lights In
8. Alamogordo

Jagjaguwar is Taking Over Le Guess Who? Festival in Holland

We are pleased to announce that a number of our bands will be playing Le Guess Who? Festival this Novemeber 24-27 in Utrchet, Holland. Featured bands from the label will include Pink Mountaintops, The Besnard Lakes and Okkervil River. In addition, bands like Suuns, Nurses and Akron/Family, from our sister labels, Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian, will also be playing the festival.

The Besnard Lakes’ New EP + North American Tour with Malajube This Fall

Welcome to Pine Point is a multimedia documentary that combines video footage, artwork, photographs and music on a web interface. Pine Point was a Canadian mining town that existed for one generation then closed and was wiped off the map. The documentary serves as an album to the town’s memory.

Co-Director Michael Simons, a longtime friend of The Besnard Lakes’ Jace Lasek, told the band about the project and asked if the band would be interested in providing some music for it. He asked if the band would cover “We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)” by Canadian rock band Trooper.

The songs The Besnard Lakes contributed to Welcome to Pine Point will be available via 12″ EP available at their upcoming tour dates and by mail order at SC Distribution. “The Corner” is one of two songs written for the end credits of the film “Memories Corner”. This is the song that wasn’t chosen. Also a Besnard Lakes rarity, this song is available for the first and only time on You Lived in the City.

Click here to visit Welcome to Pine Point and hear new music from The Besnard Lakes

You Lived In the City will be released on September 20, 2011. Tour dates here.


The Soft Province (Jace Lasek of Besnard Lakes) Debut LP Out Now

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Besnard Lakes frontman Jace Lasek met Michael Gardiner when they were just kids playing baseball in Saskatchewan. They began jamming together as teenagers, and Michael contributed to The Besnard Lakes as a multi-instrumentalist since the band’s very beginning.

During a heat wave in August 2010, Lasek and Gardiner recorded the self-titled Soft Province debut LP, at Lasek’s own Breakglass Studios in Montreal. The two old friends grew up together, and grew into the same influences. And the outcome demonstrates how in-tune they are with one another. Guests on the album include Olga Goreas of Besnard on drums and bass, and additional drumming from Max Henry of Suuns and Young Galaxy.

The album expands Lasek’s signature sound of  masterful, whirling layering and his unmistakable voice, proving  just as multi-faceted as the instrumentation he achieves.

You can download “One Was a Lie” via Three Ring Records here.

This is a must-have for any Besnard Lakes diehard!

Colour Yr Lights In by Besnard Lakes, The

People of the Sticks by Besnard Lakes, The

Albatross by Besnard Lakes, The

For Agent 13 by Besnard Lakes, The

Devastation by Besnard Lakes, The

The Motorway by The Besnard Lakes
Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
People of the Sticks by The Besnard Lakes
And You Lied To Me by The Besnard Lakes
Albatross by The Besnard Lakes

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