“B-side “The Motorway” opens the blinds and surges with glorious heat…” – Stereogum
The Golden Lion 12″ EP is out today worldwide, and Stereogum premiered “The Motorway,” which is exclusive to the EP. A Coliseum Complex Museum, the fourth LP with The Besnard Lakes and Jagjaguwar, is out in January 2016.
11/15/15 Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
11/16/15 London, UK – 100 Club
11/19/15 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
11/20/15 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
11/21/15 Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
11/22/15 Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
11/23/15 Berlin, DE – Magnet Club
The Besnard Lakes will release their most formidable album to date, A Coliseum Complex Museum, out January 22nd, 2016 on Jagjaguwar. Lead single “Golden Lion” will also be released as a limited 12” EP on November 13th, 2015 and include two new, exclusive tracks listed below.
Fifteen years into their career, and nearly two decades into Jagjaguwar’s existence, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, the band have created a concise record that expands upon the luscious vocal harmonies, dense guitar-work and classic 70s melodicism for which they have gained huge critical acclaim. Now comprising writing partnership Jace Lasek (vocals/guitar) and Olga Goreas (vocals/bass) plus long-term drummer Kevin Laing, the cast has expanded to include both Sheenah Ko (keys/vocals) and Robbie Macarthur (guitar). Previous guitarist Richard White maintains a pivotal studio role for the band though no longer tours.
At Pop Montreal last month, The Besnard Lakes performed as a 17-piece band and you can watch video of the performance below. Coupled with the band’s new press shot, which is a restaging of the canonical Fleetwood Mac photos from the mid 80s, The Besnard Lakes are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep rich catalogue in the 21st Century.
A limited number of deluxe album pre-orders will include limited edition white colored vinyl and a metal sigil, hand-crafted by Olga Goreas. The sigils have become a major element of the LP art. Says Olga: “I made 11 sigils after my dad passed away almost 4 years ago. Each sigil has a particular meaning and there are 11 of them because he died in November of 2011 and numerologically speaking, 11 represents a rebuilding of sorts. In a way, our last album was about endings and this album is about beginning again.”
In November, the band will be performing new songs from the album at exclusive shows around Europe – dates are below and tickets are on sale now.
15 November – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
16 November – London, UK – 100 Club
19 November – Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
20 November – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
21 November – Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
22 November – Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
23 November – Berlin, DE – Magnet Club
The Besnard Lakes‘ released a new video for the song, “Colour Yr Lights In”! The video, directed by Montreal visual artists the Sanchez Brothers, stars actor Martin Dubreuil as a man who is just trying to keep it all together. Just an FYI for everyone in an office about click play, this video is NSFW and contains some graphic sexual imagery. Watch it above or on YouTubehere.
The Besnard Lakes end this week on a high note. We’re talking a new video for their “People Of The Sticks.” Directed by Joseph Yarmuch and Peros Kolyvas, the video features Besnard members as drugs that you can take while doing gymnastics. Talk about performance enhancers! Is this making any sense to you? Just watch above or at Rolling Stone where it premiered yesterday.
The Besnard Lakes’ Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is officially out today! Do not wait to get your hands on this beauty. The record is available online at SC Distribution, iTunes or Amazon. You can also head to your favorite record store for a CD or vinyl copy.
Interested in previewing the new album? You’re in luck! Pitchfork is streaming the record in full as part of their Advance program. After you are acquainted with the Until In Excess, go see Besnard live in concert. Dates and ticket links available HERE.
Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
“Lasek and Goreas aren’t mere songwriters who produce pop tunes; they are composers who create musical suites out of sweepingly melodic movements….another Besnard Lakes’ album album that stubbornly demands to be absorbed all at once, from beginning to end.” – Pitchfork
“Each element – each tiny nuance, even – feels very deliberate: the long, syncopated riffs, the extra bars, the meticulous song structures. Every epic build is delivered consciously, aided by detailed production and dramatically dense arrangements (harpists and strongs and Spencer Krug added to the mix here).” – Under The Radar
“It’s rock music, folks, but not as we know it. Canadian husband and wife duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek have long since proved their chops as purveyors of elegant, muscular splendor. Now, the pair have hopped into their space buggy and are cruising from planet to planet, beaming back transmissions of dreamy, death-walks romanticism (’46 Satires’) languid grandeur (‘People of The Sticks’), stardust-srinkled soundscapes (‘Catalina’) and wall-of-sound climaxes of rushing noise (swansongs ‘Alamogordo’).” – NME