The Besnard Lakes, a Canadian four piece band based around husband and wife team Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas continue upon their progress of quality with this their fourth album. Their signature of an atmospheric, textured sound blending with ethereal vocals managed by both Lasek and Gorgeas on different tracks has shifted slightly from the hint of the apocalyptic in the images of Dark Horse and Roaring Nights. Although still orchestrally arresting this album takes on a lighter tone, which at first listen to samples of Lasek's vocals might have you thinking...Beach Boys??; that is until you hear the tracks in their entirety and recognise the familiar elemental mix of Besanrd Lake landscape of sound drawing you in. Those aspects of the images of (to me) spectacular bleak sunsets or richly troubling night times have been replaced with soaring journeys up to, into and beyond the clouds, and thence soothing drifting down to glide over whatsoever calming sceneries take your fancy, before the quality of the sound draws you back up again. Overall this is something of a symphony of many shades, if pushed and demanded upon for one favourite track I would probably pick `Color Yr Lights In' for the crescendo of the chorus, but since this is only my third listening (in one day), then don't pay too much attention there. Choose your own eye-catching image. For those who have been following Besnard Lakes this is a worthy if slightly different direction. If you are new to the band but like the atmospheric (yep, bears repeating) then give this a try. Here's hoping not just for a nomination, but an award this time!
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