I feel like I’m liking too many records this year, but what can you do?
For instance, I really liked the new Besnard Lakes, Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night reviewed today at Blurt, eight stars worth.
The third album by Montrealean married duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek churns cathedral-sized anthems and clots them with MBV-ish miasmas of guitar murk. It pits unstoppable melodic climaxes against paranoiac visions of espionage and betrayal. Enormous in scale, absorbing, obliterating, this is an album that picks you up on a tidal wave of conjured emotion, sucks you under, tosses you about and finally leaves you beached and gasping. It is an anti-war album that could rally an army, rousing powerful, untethered emotions to who knows what end. It is inchoately persuasive, and you buy in without really knowing what the message is.
The remainder here