The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

The Besnard Lakes - Until Excess Imperceptible UFO (2013)

The Besnard Lakes – Until Excess Imperceptible UFO (2013)

The Besnard Lakes, coming from the musical capitol of Montreal, have secured a place in my portable devices, since I first had the opportunity to give them a try. I must admit that I somewhat ignored their debut, Volume I but have anticipated every single one of their releases since 2007’s The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse.
Over the years, the band has gracefully fused the shoegaze soundscape with a 60’s lounge/surf rock/sunshine pop which, when combined with their excellent songwriting skills, could be characterized as Queen meets My Bloody Valentine (not to sound too sacriligeous). On Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, their latest work released just this April from Jagwajuar Records, The Besnard Lakes take a turn towards a more ethereal, dreamy vibe developing and progressing ideas closer to the spirit and heart of Slowdive right before they confuddled country with dream pop and became Mojave 3.

The new element here appears to be the prominent use of synths, which renders Until In Excess through some sort of time filter, and gives the impression that the listener has travelled back, at least, two decades. Despite that, however, the focal point of the record remains on the guitars and the diversity and elegance that oozes from the strumming of Pulp Fiction chords along with distortion and the use of reverb throughout. The sound is gripping and it’s complemented by the Herculean efforts of drummer Kevin Laing whose work both in the foreground and as a shadow is some of the finest to be found in the genre.

The album opens with “46 Satires”, whose heavenly and heavily reverb-soaked female vocals fill the track with nostalgia and serenity that accentuate the guitar as it switches from arpeggio to strumming to the solo at the heart of the song’s climax. A similar pattern can be found in “And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold” as it reaches “People of the Sticks” as the band steps away from ambient in favor of pop with catchy melodies and a top-notch production that still retains a magical daze. Just listen to “Catalina” which fuses synths and glockenspiel with hush/whisper vocals resulting in a track that is gentle, effeminate and eerie.

Unfortunately, the record ends with lengthy and uninteresting track, “Alamogordo” which is so dreadful as to almost seem indifferent to the listener. Despite that, however, The Besnard Lakes, appear to be working towards a radical transformation of their sound scheme which should garner them far more recognition than they currently experience. In 2013, Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO stands on the shoulders of giants with heavily stained with droning guitars full of reverb, ambient contamination which fills your ears with mellow lullabies and unparalleled filtered beauty determined to win you over.

Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Track List:

1. 46 Satires
2. And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
3. People Of The Sticks
4. The Specter
5. At Midnight
6. Catalina
7. Colour Yr Lights In
8. Alamogordo

The Besnard Lakes - Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, reviewed by HunkyDory on 2013-05-14T08:39:48-07:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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