Masters of sound Jace Lasek and his band The Besnard Lakes strike again. The Montreal crew that handles the Breaking Glass studio where Jace Lasek recorded some of their best work creates an awesome opus of their own with “A Coliseum Complex Museum”, their 5th since them forming in 2003.

Great bands like Les Breastfeeders, Bionic, Holy Fuck, Islands, Patrick Watson, Stars, The Unicorns, Wintersleep and Wolf Parade have recorded songs with Lasek behind the console at Breaking Glass in the last few years.

This album is rockier than their previous effort “Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO ” (2013) that was the dreamiest of their albums. It’s now back to 70s influenced atmospheric rock that brings muscles to guitars and bets all on vocal harmonies (Golden Lion) that dominate the whole album. It’s psyche-rock at its best, in Tame Impala fashion (The Bray Road Beast). All 8 songs are pretty much in the same vibe, which makes it easier to close the lights (or your eyes) and let the music transport your soul to where it wants to wander.

 

Don’t look for singles on “A Coliseum…” : there aren’t any. It’s more an album that you listen to (on vinyl perhaps) from start to end in a single session with volume level as high as your neighbors can tolerate. Touring members keyboardist Sheenah Ko and guitarist Robbie MacArthur have now officially joined the band and participated in recording the album.

Oh, and by the way, their promo picture is a Fleetwood Mac pastiche. Very well done!

besnard lakes fleetwood mac
Their Wikipedia page says this about them: “Formed in 2003 by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, the band also includes Kevin Laing (drums), Richard White (guitar), Sheenah Ko (keyboards) and Robbie MacArthur (guitar). Two of the band’s five albums have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.”

I’d bet they’ll make three out of five with “A Coliseum Complex Museum” when the list for this year comes out. That’s consistency for you.

THE BESNARD LAKES
A Coliseum Complex Museum
(Jagjaguwar, 2016)

-Genre: psyhe-rock
-In the same spirit as Tame Impala, Islands

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Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.