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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. ... Read more in Amazon's The Besnard Lakes Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B00347ZYU2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean 1:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent 7:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Albatross 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Glass Printer 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Land Of Living Skies Pt. 1: The Land 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Land Of Living Skies Pt. 2: The Living Skies 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Long-time stars of the Canadian indie-rock firmament, at The Besnard Lakes’ core is husband-and-wife duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek, creators of 2007’s …Are The Dark Horse album, an alternately intimate and grandiose set which clocked in at a svelte 45 minutes. With …Are the Roaring Night they delve deeper into the glittering soundscapes that have become synonymous with their sound; sacrificing something of the warmth that marked their previous work, they nonetheless emerge with a thoroughly impressive, coherent whole.

Opening in two parts with Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, the ease and confidence on display is remarkable. Lacek’s falsetto spirals and dives over a tense, static fuzz which finally breaks into bracing power chords a few minutes in, heralding the arrival of Goreas’s echoing, husky vocals – the perfect foil to Lacek’s sharp, distinctive style.

It’s a sense of the elemental The Besnard Lakes aim for on …Are the Roaring Night, and for the most part they nail it. The mood is almost overwhelmingly sedate at times, but caterwauling highs bubble under throughout – peaks such as those found on Albatross may seem rare, but they’re all the more effective for it, delivered with the kind of gusto that peers such as Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene revel in.

The vision they present the listener is admittedly a dark one, perhaps best epitomised by its centrepiece: in Land of Living Skies, Goreas takes the spotlight with a tale of losing oneself to the vagaries of nature, swelling oceans and rugged landscapes forming the backdrop to – and manifestation of – deeply personal quandaries.

As it draws to a close, Light Up the Night constitutes the record’s most outright beautiful moment, washes of strings and piano surging towards a serene climax that does much to allay all the fear and confusion preceding, only for final track The Lonely Moan to recede in ghostly, suggestive whispers, indicating that for The Besnard Lakes, things aren’t that clear-cut after all. --James Skinner

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2010
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There are some bands who record albums so classic you sit back and wait for the thunderous applause to follow and then .... nothing. The Secret Machines stunning album "Ten Silver Drops" is a case in point and as such it reminds me of this brilliant new album by Montreal's The Besnard Lakes. Both bands specialise in what Mike Scott once called the "big music" and indeed the cannons, fire and red sky on the album cover are more than a pointer for what follows in this album. Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek are the husband and wife core of the Besnard Lakes and they produce vivid atmospheric rock, heavy on reverb but also with a real lightness of touch. Just check out the brilliant single "Albatross" with Goreas gorgeous vocal combined with a huge droning guitar backdrop. You melt when she sings "oh you showed me so much" and the heady days of Kevin Shields earth shattering work on "Sometimes" flood into your brain. A truly great song.

Their previous album the Besnard Lakes are Dark Horse contained fabulous shoegazer epics not least of all the showstoppers that are "Disaster" and "Devastation" which Gannon highlights in his excellent review. "Roaring" is more accessible than its predecessor and indeed seems to draw its underpinnings from further afield. Amazon is spot on in its detection of huge amounts of inspiration from fellow Canadian Neil Young on the epic seven minute plus anthem "Like the innocent, like the ocean part II". It builds and builds throughout into a soaring construct of guitar and wonderful harmonies, and when it concludes you press repeat.

Perhaps the most in your face rocker however is the "Glass Printer" which is far more surly than anything else on the album and not a particular favourite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Stevens VINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2010
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The Jagjaguwar label has put out some fantastic "alt Americana" over recent years, amongst them the awesome Black Mountain (see In The Future) and Okkervil River (see The Stage Names) as well as one of the critics choices of last year (annd rightly so) Bon Iver (For Emma Forever Ago if you need the link!), and this, the third offering from the Besnard Lakes is a wonderful addition to their canon, and evolves ever so slightly from their last offering The Besnard Lakes Are a Dark Horse.

Subtly and seamlessly moving from etheral beauty and mellow sounds, to pure wig out within a couple of chord sequences is no mean feat, but "the Lakes" make the transition a movement of beauty; it could so easily have been an awful mess. I can only agree with one of the other reviwers here at the time of writing, who makes parallels to both Mazzy Starr and The Cocteau Twins, particualrly on the grand Albatross, although there are hints back to both of these artists throughout the album.

It is an album, which works as a "collected whole" (as with both their previous albums; The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse and
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 18 Feb. 2010
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When the dust finally settled in Montreal after two straight years of its scene exploding, few bands were left truly unscathed away from the hype machine's glare. As with any scene there were true trailblazers, similarly also-rans, and the least said about the never-should-have-turned-ups the better. Happily, The Besnard Lakes found themselves resolutely in the former category. The epic and lightly psychedelic alt-rock found on 2007's ... Are The Dark Horse opulently swung from Grandaddy-gone-beefy hunting grounds to slow-rolling, Black Mountain-like jams.

In their current and third incarnation as ... The Roaring Night, The Besnard Lakes remain an if-it-ain't-broke collective led by the husband-and-wife efforts of Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek. Recorded at Lasek's own Breakglass Studios with a vintage, 1968 Neve germanium mixing console (as used to record portions of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti), this latest album immediately inhabits a nostalgic, timeless space.

The second part of "Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent" opens with an pure, atmospheric vocal that bobs prettily atop the widescreen and controlled psych-rock. Guitar drones duly ebb and flow, and heavier riffs foam sporadically throughout its luxurious seven minutes. The first part of the same track is merely instrumental scene setting and together they could have sat perfectly unnoticed on the preceding album.

The ethereal beauty of "Chicago Train" is difficult to pin down, achingly forlorn, but greatly powerful as a late key change deviates it into more comfortably rocking waters.
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