The Besnard Lakes raise immediate comparisons to the Arcade Fire, but those are primarily due to accidents of geography and band chemistry: like the Arcade Fire, the Besnard Lakes are from Montreal and led by a married couple. That’s largely where the similarities end, because if this Quebecois collective resembles any of its Canadian counterparts, it would be as an unexpectedly effective combination of the Dears’ psychedelic pop hooks and the languid space rock ambience of early Broken Social Scene.

Montreal greats The Besnard Lakes are back with their first album in five years, titled The Besnard Lakes Are the last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings and out January 29, 2021 via Fat Cat / Flemish Eye / Full Time Hobby. It promises to be the group’s grandest statement yet, a 72-minute double album where songs flow into one another across four suites: “Near Death,” “Death,” “After Death,” and “Life.”

The Besnard Lakes - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
The Besnard Lakes - Golden Lion (Live at Pop Montreal (Official Video))
Raindrops (Official Video)