The Besnard Lakes: Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

I have no idea what the title of the Besnard Lakes’ new album, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, means.  I’m not sure I’m supposed to know.  I think the title might be a riddle to muse on while relaxing into a cool Canadian lake of psychedelic rock.  I’m don’t know.  I do know that this album is beautiful, however.

The band is primarily the husband and wife duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas.  Joining them are Kevin Laing and Richard White, and the band is named after a lake in Saskatchewan.  It’s a good fit for their expansive sound that can be as mesmerizing as seeing the world reflected upside-down in a lake still as glass.

The opener, “46 Satires,” is a lovely piece of psychedelia.  “And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold” is the soundtrack to a dream you had about that beautiful woman whose face you can’t place, but her identity is so close you can almost taste it.  I don’t know if “People of the Sticks” is a tribute to rural Canadians, but they will be happy to know it’s a stunning tribute if it is.  Goreas’ vocals on it are like sunlight piercing through fog.

“The Specter,” with its tribal drums, spacey guitar and synths, and Gary Wright-like vocals is a standout.  You’ll want this on your bedside iPod player when your lover’s getting undressed.  “At Midnight,” I dare say, shows some of their Beach Boys influence.

“Catalina” and “Colour Yr Lights In” are nothing short of epic and perfect for your headphones while sitting atop a Mayan temple at sunrise.  The album ends with “Alamogordo,” which is perfect for a Mayan sunset.

This is a beautiful record.  It’s hard to describe, much like an enlightenment experience.  Once you hear it, you will understand.  Once you hear it, you will want everyone to hear it.




~ Nik Havert




Nik Havert is a writer, DJ at WSND 88.9FM University of Notre Dame, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man.  He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at 

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