Posted: December 15th, 2015 by Andrew Stevens
“Besnard Lakes focus their lush energy on a sunnier, catchier sound. Jace Lasek’s clean falsetto is more alive when paired with high-flying guitars, and alongside the band’s blanketed, nonlinear arrangements, he sounds like he’s studied the Bee Gees and Brian Wilson… they have remastered their trudging density into a pop jubilee.“- Pitchfork
“highly enjoyable and distinctly them.”
– The 405
“punchier tracks yet still full of the dramatic widescreen rock the band are known for”
– The Line of Best Fit
A Coliseum Complex Museum, the new album from The Besnard Lakes, is due out January 22nd on Jagjaguwar. The band already shared the stunning lead single, “Golden Lion,” along with an epic live video from Pop Montreal where they performed with a 17-piece band. “Golden Lion” was also released as a 12” EP, accompanied by the fantastic B-side “The Motorway.” Today, The Besnard Lakes are back with another instant classic, “The Plain Moon.” It’s a soaring, shoegazing monster of a track. Look out for the official music video to follow early next year.
Fifteen years into their career, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, The Besnard Lakes 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.
They’re unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. The Besnard Lakes are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep and rich catalogue in the 21st Century.
To celebrate the release of their new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, The Besnard Lakes will be inviting friends to form a one-off ten-piece band to perform the new album and music spanning their illustrious 15 year career.
The live show has always been one of their strongest assets, bringing their records to life in a way that most musicians cannot. 15 years in, they’ve only gotten better; The Quietus lauding their London show earlier this year as “nothing less than compelling” and Mojo asking the classic question that confounds unrepentant independent rock bands in the Millenium “why aren’t they bigger?” after their Le Guess Who slot in November.
April 5th at London’s Islington Assembly Hall will be special, enigmatic, unforgettable and one time only.
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