The Besnard Lakes

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The Besnard Lakes Biography

Emerging from Montreal's dark corners is THE BESNARD LAKES, a six-piece centered around the atmospheric songs of husband and wife team Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, whose expansive sound culls from, but does not adhere to, numerous aspects of rock 'n' roll's rich history. The record is set for release in the United States and throughout the world on Jagjaguwar (and in Canada on Outside Music) on February 20, 2007. "The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse" was recorded at singer Lasek's own Breakglass Studios, which is the studio of choice for bands like Wolf Parade, Islands and Sunset Rubdown. These bands have also toured and performed with The Besnard Lakes, while members of Stars, The Dears and Godspeed/Silver Mt. Zion make guest appearances on "?Are The Dark Horse."

"The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse" bursts with sublime boy/girl harmonies that float above crashing drums and epic guitar solos; elsewhere, boozy organ lurches around ethereal vocals and reverb heavy guitars. And that's just the beginning for a band that weaves a seamless course between pop melodies and experimental structures, creating a sound that is equal parts spooky and pretty, and more than a little psychedelic. Comparisons to The Beach Boys and Pink Floyd are inevitable, while fans of both My Bloody Valentine and The Mamas And The Papas will find a lot to like, too. While their independent 2004 debut, "Volume 1", highlighted their instrumental prowess, "?Are The Dark Horse" finds the vocals higher in the mix, strengthening their sound.

In October, The Besnard Lakes performed a well-received improvised score to a film at Film Pop, the movie element to the Pop Montreal music festival. While it will be late winter/early spring before the band hits the road in support of "Are The Dark Horse", their reputation as a live band precedes them.

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