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The Besnard Lakes Announce New 12-Inch, Share New Song - “Laura Lee”

The Besnard Lakes Are the Divine Wind Due Out February 3 via Jagjaguwar

Nov 29, 2016

Canada's The Besnard Lakes released a new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, back in January via Jagjaguwar. Now the band have announced a new 12-inch, The Besnard Lakes Are the Divine Wind, for release on February 3 via Jagjaguwar. More

False Starts: The Besnard Lakes’ Olga Goreas on Her Early Bands

A Coliseum Complex Museum Out Now via Jagjaguwar

Jul 06, 2016

False Starts is our continuing series where an artist writes about the bands they were in before their current band, the unknown early bands they got their start in before forming the current one. Olga Goreas of Canada's The Besnard Lakes wrote this installment.  More

Watch: The Besnard Lakes - “Necronomicon” Video

A Coliseum Complex Museum Out Now via Jagjaguwar

Mar 28, 2016

Canada's The Besnard Lakes released a brand new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, back in January via Jagjaguwar. Now the band has shared a video for "Necronomicon." The sci-fi clip features an object from space entering the atmosphere and beautiful vistas as the sphere flies above an alien planet. Nathaniel Larouche directed the video. More

Jan 14, 2016

Various albums due out next Friday, January 22, are now streaming over at NPR First Listen, including the new albums by Eleanor FriedbergerTy SegallShearwater, and The Besnard Lakes. All can be streamed below More

Watch: The Besnard Lakes - “The Plain Moon” Video

A Coliseum Complex Museum Due Out January 22, 2016 via Jagjaguwar

Jan 07, 2016

Canada's The Besnard Lakes are releasing a brand new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, on January 22 via Jagjaguwar. We've already been treated to "Golden Lion" and "The Plain Moon." Now "The Plain Moon" has a video. Joseph Yarmush directed the clip, which features manipulated live and studio footage of the band. More

Listen: The Besnard Lakes - “The Plain Moon”

A Coliseum Complex Museum Due Out January 22, 2016 via Jagjaguwar

Dec 14, 2015

Canada's The Besnard Lakes are releasing a brand new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, on January 22, 2016 via Jagjaguwar. We've already been treated to "Golden Lion" and below is another track from the record, "The Plain Moon." More

Premiere: The Besnard Lakes Mixtape (Le Guess Who? Edition)

November 19-22 in Utrecht, Netherlands

Nov 13, 2015

Le Guess Who? is creeping up on us. As per tradition, we’re celebrating the Dutch festival by letting some of the artists performing take over our mixtape series. More

Listen: The Besnard Lakes - “The Motorway”

Golden Lion EP Out Tomorrow, A Coliseum Complex Museum Due Out January 22, 2016

Nov 12, 2015

Canada's The Besnard Lakes are releasing a brand new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, on January 22, 2016 via Jagjaguwar. But "The Motorway" is actually the B-side to a 12-inch EP out tomorrow. The title track to the Golden Lion EP is featured on A Coliseum Complex Museum, but the EP also includes two bonus tracks, "The Motorway" being one of them. More

The Besnard Lakes Announce New Album and EP, Share “Golden Lion”

A Coliseum Complex Museum Due Out January 22, 2016 via Jagjaguwar

Oct 14, 2015

Canada's The Besnard Lakes have announced a brand new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, which is due for release on January 22, 2016 via Jagjaguwar. Below you can stream the first single, the fuzzy "Golden Lion," which will also be released as a limited edition 12-inch EP on November 13 with two bonus tracks. More

Sep 08, 2015

British shoegazing icons Ride recently reformed and have already played some U.S. dates (including Coachella). Previously they announced some September and October American dates. Now they've announced that DIIV and The Besnard Lakes will support them on some of their dates.  More

Watch: The Besnard Lakes – “People of the Sticks” Video

Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Out Now

Apr 04, 2013

With the release of Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, Canadian rockers The Bernard Lakes dropped this gem of a video for album cut, “People of the Sticks.”  More

The Besnard Lakes Return With New Album

Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Arrives April 2

Jan 10, 2013

The Besnard Lakes have announced the arrival of their fourth record, Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFOMore

The Besnard Lakes to Tour this Fall with Band of Horses, Jenny and Johnny, and others

Canadians to Also Play with Land of Talk, Brad, Wintersleep, and Suuns

Aug 18, 2010

The Besnard Lakes have announced some fall tour dates that include shows with Band of Horses, Jenny and Johnny, and others. More

Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, and Plants and Animals Longlisted For Polaris Prize

Plus Caribou and The New Pornographers; Short List Announced July 6th

Jun 18, 2010

Canada’s premier music award (think the Grammys here in America or England's Mercury Prize), The Polaris Prize, has announced its’ long list. Among the 40 artists nominated are Under the Radar favorites Tegan and Sara, Owen Pallet, Broken Social Scene, Caribou, The Besnard Lakes, The New Pornographers, and Plants and Animals. We have the full list.  More

The Besnard Lakes Reveal “Albatross” Video

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is out Now

May 07, 2010

View the film-and-numerology(?)-inspired video for The Besnard Lakes' dreamy psych-rock single, "Albatross." In the Kara Blake-directed clip, a woman walks into a strange theater and views various old school instructional short films. We have the video. More

Mar 21, 2010

Staff photographer and Under the Radar's Co-Publisher/Co-Founder, Wendy Lynch Redfern, was down in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2010. Check out a gallery of her photos from the second day of the music portion of SXSW 2010. The gallery includes photos of She & Him, Broken Social Scene, Local Natives, and The Besnard Lakes. More

SXSW 2010 Day 2 Recap - She & Him, Broken Social Scene, and more

Plus The Besnard Lakes and Local Natives

Mar 21, 2010

Day two of SXSW was a bit challenging, considering the lack of sleep we'd gotten the night before. Seeing a show at 1 a.m. is all well and good if you don't have to wake up early the next morning to write about it or conduct other business. We weren't able to attend any day parties on the second day of SXSW music 2010, due to two photo-shoots we were conducting, including one at the way too early hour of 10 a.m. (well, early for SXSW). But that night we were able to catch sets from two Canadian bands (including one collective who's seemingly no longer broken), some Los Angeles natives, and a camera shy actress/singer. More

Dec 11, 2009

Montreal collective The Besnard Lakes are out to claim 2010. February 9th will see the release of the 12-inch Albatross, followed a month later (March 9th) by their third full-length, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night. We have the tracklist for both.
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Interviews

The Besnard Lakes

At Their Own Pace

Apr 12, 2013

On The Besnard Lakes' fourth full-length effort, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, the Montréal shoegazers seem hopeful. That's saying a lot for a band that's ominously roared with a looming darkness in the past. But after bassist Olga Goreas' dad suddenly passed away in 2011, everything changed. More


Reviews

A Coliseum Complex Museum

A Coliseum Complex Museum

Jagjaguwar

Jan 14, 2016

Some of indie rock's most notable acts have married couples at their core: The White Stripes, Yo La Tengo, Low. All of these (barring perhaps the Stripes) have a record of remarkable consistency; maybe there's something in the simultaneous pursuit of both romantic and musical bliss. Add to this tradition The Besnard Lakes More

Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Jagjaguwar

Apr 03, 2013

The Besnard Lakes were the Dark Horse in 2007, the Roaring Night in 2010, and in 2013 have decided to eschew declaring themselves anything in an album title, going this time for something more... opaque. More

SXSW 2010 Day 2 Recap - She & Him, Broken Social Scene, and more (Thursday, March 18, 2010)

Mar 21, 2010

Day two of SXSW was a bit challenging, considering the lack of sleep we'd gotten the night before. Seeing a show at 1 a.m. is all well and good if you don't have to wake up early the next morning to write about it or conduct other business. We weren't able to attend any day parties on the second day of SXSW music 2010, due to two photo-shoots we were conducting, including one at the way too early hour of 10 a.m. (well, early for SXSW). But that night we were able to catch sets from two Canadian bands (including one collective who's seemingly no longer broken), some Los Angeles natives, and a camera shy actress/singer. More

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night

Jagjaguwar

Mar 16, 2010

The Besnard Lakes take their grandiose cues from the '70s: massive sounds, massive ideas, double albums, and seven-minute opuses. Their harmonies are rooted in the Brian Wilson and Sgt. Pepper era. The vocal treatment, all reverb and wide-open space, is clearly set in the here and now. More