First The Besnard Lakes were the Dark Horse and now they are the Roaring Night, but they have always been Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas; a married couple from Montreal, Canada. They are also one of the most exciting bands to reside in that country to the North.
2007’s The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse was the first exposure I had to the psychedelic sounds of Lasek and Olga and I was hooked on the first listen. This album had elements of the other great indie bands coming out of Montreal, but they created their own Beach Boys pop meets Pink Floyd psychedelia sound to accentuate that Montreal sound. They took me on a journey to a dark place and the ride was amazing.
Albatross was the first single to surface from The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night and I could tell from the first note that they were not going to disappoint with this album. HUGE guitars, ohhhs and ahhhs with Olga‘s gorgeous voice…I’m in!
I had just started listening to the new album (maybe twice through) when I went down to Austin for SXSW. I liked it, but I didn’t love it yet. Besnard Lakes do not release albums that you can consume in a listen or two. You hear something new in their erethal world every time. But after standing in line for an hour or so, I got into Stubb’s for the Chronicle showcase where The Besnard Lakes played alongside fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene. As I told them after the show, when they were hanging out near the bar with Emily Haines and Kevin Drew, they killed it! Listening to the album after hearing it live, I can now say it’s one of the best of the year!
The Besnard Lakes are not the Dark Horse anymore. This SXSW was their coming out party and I think we will be hearing more and more about this amazing band. Maybe they will even get the accolades that Wolf Parade, Stars and Sunset Rubdown get…all of whom Jace has produced.