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Album Review: Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

Written by Nick Leitzke

On March 9 the Besnard Lakes release their third album, ‘The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night.’ A benefit of pre-ordering albums is the free digital download, and I have been listening to ‘The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night’ so much that I can’t remember when I placed my order and downloaded it. I’ve been listening to it so much it’s as though the music has always been with me. I don’t want to imagine a world in which music like this could never exist.

I have not heard either of this Montreal group’s first two releases, but the Besnard Lakes have me addicted. ‘The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night’ is a slow burner. The songs are patient, which is difficult to pull off. The songs are patient but they are not patient at the listener’s expense. As a result you can be listening to a track, smoldering with the layered vocals and captured with the melody, and when you glance at the elapsed time you can’t believe the song is five minutes old with no sign of ending right away. These are the kind of songs that sit with you long after you’ve listened to them. They stay in your head, slowly burning, patiently branding you with their imprint. When you give in to the urge to listen to them again it’s as though you’ve never heard them before, and they sit with you again afterward, freshly glowing, slowly burning. And you want them once again.

Since I don’t yet have a physical copy of ‘The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night’ I don’t have a copy of the lyrics, but that doesn’t matter. I never say that: “lyrics don’t matter.” Chewing on lyrics is one of my favorite experiences with music. For now, though, I don’t particularly care. The vocals on ‘The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night’ join the rest of the sound as instrumentation, adding to the burn, fueling the fire. I get the feeling there’s a lot to digest here. The album’s description at the Jagjaguwar website hints at a conceptual wonder: “Loyalty, dishonor, love, hatred all seen through the eyes of two spies, fighting a war that may not be real…The city is burning, and it’s to the benefit of music obsessives everywhere.”

That much is for certain. If you love pure music, pure sound, pure sonic art, this is where you need to be. “Albatross” is the standout track, already released by Jagjaguwar in a 12-inch single (and already my frontrunner for song of the year), but every other track on ‘The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night’ will fight to stand out in those moments of silence when the music is playing nowhere but in your heart. Let it play. Let it slowly burn. ‘The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night’ may be the first great album of the decade. Let it stay with you and keep drawing you back. Let it make you love.

“And I scream for you.”

Posted by admin   @   3 March 2010

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