CD review: The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

The band sounds like a grittier, Canadian version of Icelandic post-rock group Sigur Ros.

The Besnard Lakes’s fourth album, the impenetrably-titled Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, picks up where their last albums left off, and carries that vibe even further. The band, founded by husband and wife team Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, sounds like a grittier, Canadian version of Icelandic post-rock group Sigur Ros. The Besnard Lakes come off earthy, a little dirty, yet still substantially grandiose. This is music that you can latch onto; that you recognize as a band working together to create.

There are no tricks in their production. Where other groups might hide their individual elements within the wall of sound, the songs on Until in Excess… build up in layers, allowing the listener to slowly invest themselves in the sounds as they grow and multiply. The songs often begin small, with the reverb of a strummed electric guitar, the gentle hum of a synth, the hollow pounding of far-away drums, and either Lasek’s of Goreas’ voice swimming somewhere within them. Lasek’s falsetto has always been a hallmark of the band, and he definitely does not disappoint here. The songs then build and grow, rarely breaking from their down-tempo time signatures, but instead creating a sea of emotive and powerful noise that seems much more urgent and driving that it is.

Many of the songs on Until in Excess… forgo that catchy hook that lends itself easily to radio play, commercials, teenage melodrama television, and the end credit sequence of whatever latest episode of True Blood you unadvisedly watched. Even so, this is album based around moments. Scattered throughout the album there are a few unique and powerful moments that suddenly emerge from their respective songs, some of them unexpectedly (the chorus of Jace Laseks that break into an alternate-reality Doo Wop singalong near the end of And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold), and some of them as cathartic releases for what what’s been building up (a wavering X-Files-worthy electric guitar that hovers over pounding drums in the climax of The Specter). They’re the kind of moments that many bands try their damndest to force out, while The Besnard Lakes seem to toss them off effortlessly.

The Besnard Lakes play Spiritbar on Tuesday, June 25.

Just Posted

Nelson Women’s March joins others across globe

The event was held to promote equality and an end to violence against women

Born 1 pound, 11 ounces, Winlaw premature baby comes home

Indra Greaves was born at the Nelson hospital after just 24 weeks of gestation

Leafs stretch winning streak to 8 games

Nelson downed Grand Forks 5-2 on Friday

RDCK moves ahead with Castlegar rec complex upgrade plan

Board approves grant application for $13 million from provincial, federal governments

Cottonwood Lake preservation group surpasses $50,000 fundraising goal

In 28 days, 393 donors have contributed to the fund

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Announcement made Saturday evening from Europe

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

Most Read