The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night

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The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Studio album by The Besnard Lakes
Released March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
Recorded The Breakglass Studios, Montreal, Canada
Genre Post-rock
Psychedelic rock
Indie rock
Length 46:31
Label Jagjaguwar (U.S.)
Outside Music (Canada)
Producer Jace Lasek
The Besnard Lakes chronology
The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is the third studio album by the Canadian rock band The Besnard Lakes, released in North America on March 9, 2010. The lead single, "Albatross", was released as a 12-inch single on February 9, 2010.

The band describe the album as "psychedelic rock- each song is its own little world, an atmosphere. I’ve always been enamored with these songs that take forever to get going, long songs that build, with a story and a long build to a climax."[1] Thematically, the album continues their lyrical style of combining fictional and true stories. Main songwriters Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas have different thematical approaches to their songwriting on the album. Lasek's songs usually revolve around a retired spy who worked during the war and is now a lousy musician, while Goreas' songs are more inspired by her personal experiences.[1]

The album was tracked and recorded at the band's own studio, Breakglass Studio, using a 1968 Neve germanium mixing console rumoured to have been used to record portions of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, and introduces some new instrumentation for the band: 12 string guitar, flute, omnichord, and mellotron.[2]

The album was a shortlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean" – 1:39
  2. "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent" – 7:17
  3. "Chicago Train" – 5:18
  4. "Albatross" – 4:42
  5. "Glass Printer" – 3:54
  6. "Land of Living Skies Pt. 1: The Land" – 1:05
  7. "Land of Living Skies Pt. 2: The Living Skies" – 5:42
  8. "And This Is What We Call Progress" – 5:10
  9. "Light Up the Night" – 7:25
  10. "The Lonely Moan" – 4:19
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
    BBC (positive)[5]
    Delusions of Adequacy (positive)[6]
    Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[7]
    musicOMH 4/5 stars[8]
    NME 9/10 stars[9]
    No Ripcord 8/10 stars[10]
    One Thirty BPM (86%)[11]
    Pitchfork Media (7.8/10)[12]
    Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
    Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[14]
    Spin Magazine 3.5/5 stars[15]
    Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[16]


  1. ^ a b TLOBF Interview :: The Besnard Lakes. (2010-03-05). Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
  2. ^ The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night. Jagjaguwar. Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Thompson, Ciaran (September 20, 2010). "Karkwa win 2010 Polaris Music Prize". Aux. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review: The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night". Allmusic. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "BBC review". 
  6. ^ "Delusions of Adequacy review". 
  7. ^ "Drowned in Sound review". 
  8. ^ "musicOMH review". 
  9. ^ "NME review". 
  10. ^ "No Ripcord review". 
  11. ^ "One Thirty BPM review".  by Rob Hakimian
  12. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". 
  13. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 
  14. ^ "Slant Magazine review". 
  15. ^ "Spin Magazine review". 
  16. ^ "Tiny Mix Tapes review".