Besnard Lakes, Suuns | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., April 20, 10 p.m. 2013
On the gracelessly titled new album Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar), Montreal band the Besnard Lakes weave eight songs into a suite that mesmerizes, seduces, and soothes. A watery keyboard drone begins “46 Satires,” gradually opening up into a blast of vintage-sounding shoegaze that’s anchored by the melodic, muscular playing and beautifully delicate singing of bassist Olga Goreas; together it sounds like a more gossamer My Bloody Valentine. From there the band drifts without a pause into “And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold,” which embeds dreamy doo-wop vocals in hydroplaning guitar whooshes and waltzing grooves. The album’s ethereal, richly layered sound brings to mind old-school 10cc and, as usual for the Besnard Lakes, the Beach Boys—you can hear the latter particularly in the gorgeous harmonies that guitarist Jace Lasek overdubs atop his own singing on “The Specter.” More than its predecessors, Until in Excess seems to want to function not as a collection of tunes but rather as a single total sound—melancholy introspection turned out with screaming guitars and swirling keyboards. The album can drag a bit, on account of its midtempo feel and sonic density are both so consistent, but fortunately it’s equally unwavering in its beauty. —Peter Margasak Suuns open.

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