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"Volume I" is the debut album by THE BESNARD LAKES, that preceded their recent opus "The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse" which was released on Jagjaguwar in early 2007. "Volume I" was originally released in 2004, and, at the time, The Besnard Lakes were comprised only of husband-and-wife team JACE LASEK and OLGA GOREAS. The Besnard Lakes have just recently become critical darlings, on the strength of their live performances throughout North America and Europe, as well as with their second full-length record "The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse", which quickly made it onto numerous and budding best-albums-of-the-year short-lists by a whole range of music-listening pedigree -- critics, casual and not-so-casual rock listeners, garden variety pop fans, and headphone junkies. Carrying the BREAKGLASS label name, "Volume I" is distributed throughout the world with the help of JAGJAGUWAR.
"One of the best and most criminally overlooked albums of 2003, Volume I is all about hurricane force guitars, but the record aims for something considerably grander than old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. At a time when every other pop music duo aspire to be Meg and Jack, Lasek and Goreas are more interested in making highly textured sonic art." -- Georgia Strait, Vancouver "an ethereal and often-eerie swirl of guitars, organs, synthesizers, reverbs and vocal harmonies..." -- Leader Post, Regina "(a) dreamy, angular and altogether alluring debut record" -- Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg "a lush sounding CD that delivers the best of space, drone, pop rock and noise. That is, in my opinion, the perfect combination for psychedelic music" -- Earshot The recording studios of Breakglass Inc. (Montréal, Canada) and Earworm Records in the UK (Spacemen 3, Hidden Cameras) are proud to offer the first release of TheBesnardLakes after an exhaustive one-year creative process. Utilizing the elements available in the unique Breakglass facility, TheBesnardLakes have created a rich, melodic and sometimes eerie tonal soundscape of guitars, organs, synthesizers, drums, reverbs and vocal harmonies to create a bizarre concoction of psychedelic conceptual progressive pop/rock. 'Volume I,' sees Olga and Jace sharing duties on this record: guitars, basses, organs, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, drums, saxophone, flute, vocals, reverbs, delays, recording and mixing. Mastered by John Golden and vinyl pressed at RTI, you know this is high quality stuff from conception to final product.
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