(photo: Brendan George Ko)
The Besnard Lakes have song titles like “Towers Sent Her to Sheets of Sound,” and unabashedly boast a theatrical, prog-rock sound, making them endearing throwbacks to last decade, when indie rock briefly ruled the roost. While the aesthetic that propelled bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Architecture in Helsinki into the national consciousness won’t be a part of the cultural zeitgeist anytime soon, that hasn’t stopped The Besnard Lakes from doing yeoman’s work and pursuing their singular creative vision.
Their latest album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, has the Canadian band doing what they do best — producing smoldering, slow-building rock suites that culminate with crashing drum beats, extravagant guitar explosions, and to-the-rafters vocals. The group does rein it in a little bit for this record, hewing toward a more condensed mix of bluesy psychedelia in lieu of the operatic, lengthy numbers that marked their four prior albums.
The band’s sonic centerpieces are still the twin vocals of husband-and-wife duo, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, who, due to Lasek’s piercing falsetto, sound nearly indistinguishable at times. Their harmonies sync seamlessly with the band’s imaginative musical structures, giving the band one more instrument to fill out their robust sound.
On Saturday night, The Besnard Lakes will bring that fully-formed output to the intimate environs of Bottom of the Hill. They’ll be supported by local act Everyone is Dirty and dream-poppers Nightjacket, from Los Angeles.
The Besnard Lakes, Nightjacket, Everyone is Dirty
Bottom of the Hill
December 3, 2016