The Besnard Lakes, "The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night" (Jagjaguwar)
Release Date: March 9, 2010
The Besnard Lakes recorded its new album in two chunks, partly because core members Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek's home studio was so booked up they could only claim a few days, and partly because, in the middle of the process, the pair was commissioned by Mark Ruffalo to score his new film. While Lasek describes the film score as "understated," the new Besnard Lakes album is decidedly not, with dense layers and walls of noise.
"We sabotaged ourselves sometimes, like on the track 'Albatross,' " Lasek says. "We added a noise part to the song so it couldn't work at radio." But the whole album doesn't adhere to the more-is-more concept.
"For the song 'Lonely Moon' we recorded a version that was very full and layered, and then went back and stripped out everything, including the drum," he says. "It became this quiet, beautiful thing."