Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Besnard Lakes - Are The Roaring Night

A while back we caught The Besnard Lakes opening for Land of Talk, and we loved the show. So much so, in fact, that we picked up their record Are The Roaring Night, and it's been spinning in our playlist ever since. If you like your tunes epic, your guitars for real, and your songwriting solid, then we think you'd probably enjoy doing the same. The 45+ minute LP is an original blend of psychedelica, classic rock guitars, and haunting melodies that get stuck in your head for days.

The record is the product of husband and wife team Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. If there marriage is anything like this record, then it's going quite well. The album ping pongs between tunes written by the two individually, and the contrast (both in vocals and songwriting) gives the record a dynamic flow akin to Broken Social Scene or Stars. "Flow" is probably about all you could really call derivative, however, as the band is unquestionably adept at defining their own sound. In particular, Lasek's falsetto vocals really set the band apart and add to the distinctive feel.

In short, Are The Roaring Night is simply a fantastic record. It has everything we look for in an amazing rock and roll record, and definitely deserves a spot in your listening queue. If nothing else, we can describe (perhaps the finest) merit of the record as follows: It unquestionably deserves to be played at maximum volume.