MP3: The Besnard Lakes – “Albatross”
The Besnard Lakes have been Montreal’s best kept secret for a while now. 2007′s ‘The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse‘ was the sort of album you quietly told your friends about; passing it on like some heirloom, all the while reluctant to share.
Those who thought they could keep The Besnard Lakes all to themselves though, have got another thing coming with new album ‘The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night’. Not only is it better than anything they’ve ever done (big statement, I know), but it’s louder, bigger, and ballsier. If the last album was a brittle beast, this is a roaring pop monster. Triple J’s Zan Rowe nailed it when she tweeted that it’s “like indie cock rock, in a really good way”. While past work has channelled Brian Wilson and Phil Spector, this album channels the epic fuzz of The Arcade Fire and Black Mountain.
To listen, download a free mp3 of album’s centrepiece “Albatross”: