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Listen: The Besnard Lakes - “The Motorway”

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

Nov 12, 2015 Bookmark and Share


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. You can stream "The Motorway" below, via Stereogum (who premiered it).

A Coliseum Complex Museum is the follow-up to 2013's fantastic Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, which received its share of critical acclaim but was still criminally underappreciated/under-heard in our opinion. The Besnard Lakes lineup is still anchored by founding members and husband and wife team Jace Lasek (guitars/vocals) and Olga Goreas (vocals/bass), along with long-term drummer Kevin Laing. For this album they are joined by Sheenah Ko (keys/vocals) and Robbie Macarthur (guitar). Previous guitarist Richard White still collaborates in the studio but no longer tours with the band.

A limited number of deluxe pre-orders of the album come with a metal sigil handcrafted by Goreas and inspired by her father. "I made 11 sigils after my dad passed away almost four years ago," Goreas said in a press release. "Each sigil has a particular meaning and there are 11 of them because he died in November of 2011 and numerologically speaking, 11 represents a rebuilding of sorts. In a way, our last album was about endings and this album is about beginning again." 

Below is "The Motorway," followed by the tracklist again for both the album and EP, along with the band's upcoming tour dates. Also read our 2013 interview with The Besnard Lakes.

A Coliseum Complex Museum Tracklist:

1. The Bray Road Beast
2. Golden Lion
3. Pressure of Our Plans
4. Towers Sent Her to Sheets of Sound
5. The Plain Moon
6. Necronomicon
7. Nightingale
8. Tungsten 4: The Refugee

Golden Lion EP Tracklist:

1. Golden Lion
2. The Motorway
3. In The Forest

The Besnard Lakes Tour Dates:

Sun. Nov. 15 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
Mon. Nov. 16 - London, UK @ 100 Club
Thu. Nov. 19 - Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up du Label
Fri. Nov. 20 - Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
Sat. Nov. 21 - Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Bar
Sun. Nov. 22 - Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Mon. Nov. 23 - Berlin, DE @ Magnet Club



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