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The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse CD
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Top Customer Reviews
Lead by Jake Lasek whose vocals veer from lighter under the bollocks falsetto to cavernous depthsthis band also includes his wife Olga Goreas who provides sultry vocal backing and vocals for"Devastation" .They also recruit Sophie Trudeau from God Speed You Black Emporer to play violins on a couple of tracks and this band also share some their more progressive tendencies. Using a bewildering array of instrumentation including synthesizer, organ, glockenspiel saxophone, horns, strings and for" Devastation" a choir The Bernard Lakes take every song on the album to some tumultuous peak where the music makes an audacious sidestep. "And You Lied To Me" reaches a point around two thirds in where
the guitars suddenly begin their version of a duel at dawn, slashing across each other like six stringed Light sabres in a display of virtuoso playing not equalled since The Butthole Surfers "Hairway To Steven".
Yet opening track "Disaster "despite its portentous title is a creamy reverb drenched pop wonder and hearing that alone would give you a wonderful if slightly disingenuous overview of the bands oeuvre. "For
Agent 13" the husband and wife dominate a slow liquefying of chords and notes that sounds like some kind of orgasmic transmutation.Read more ›
My first feeling was `Ohh dear, too impulsive in that purchase. S' quality but not quite to my tastes' But a little later... let's not be hasty in the judgements, I says, so I resolved to listen to it again... and again... and again. Yep! It grows on one, very quickly indeed
Oh man this is quality and no mistake! And for once I'm not too sure where to start. There are haunting voices, drifting in and out of the music, which is a beautiful textured sound of guitars, keyboards (of many sorts) strings and steady percussion. It is difficult to separate one song out for praise because the whole work runs seamlessly in a journey through a rich, uneasy landscape. Now I've been a veteran of a few of this sort and am pleased to report this one is not depressing. Besnard Lakes have found a balance between captivating their audience and entertaining them (not a dirty phrase in my book!).
It is hard to avoid an instinctive urge to compare Besnard Lakes with Arcade Fire (Canadian, adventurous, many layered), but on deeper listening Besnard Lakes are their own band, slower, quieter. Thankfully there is room in anyone's world for both bands.
I'm late on finding them, but intend to make up for lost time
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had never heard of this band until last month. Every year I go to the Greenman Festival, and it was on the Greenman festival site that I first read about them, so i decided to... Read morePublished on 27 May 2010 by happy gerbil
I don't know about you, but I've always found that quasi-ecstatic rock of bands like Arcde Fire slightly creepy, as if they're evangelizing the power of their music. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2007 by Rob Frampton