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A Coliseum Complex Museum (2LP Limited Edition White Vinyl)

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Unique among their furrowed brow peers, The Besnard Lakes are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. Channelling their obsessions with the paranormal as well as the dark arts, A Coliseum Complex Museum is populated by cryptozoological creatures (The Bray Road Beast, Golden Lion) while also luxuriating in natural phenomena and beauty (The Plain Moon, Nightingale). These themes are sincere yet good-humoured. The LP's title jokily refers to a landmark-heavy road sign spotted on tour in Texas, the varied emotional impulses within reflected by its environmentally warped artwork.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (January 22, 2016)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B01615DI6K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4th album from Canadian band is an expansive, sky-soaring hallucinogenic eruption of gorgeously over-the-top psychedelic prog-rock. Vocal harmonies trill with angelic drugginess, while keyboards & synthesizers float and reverberate in auras of magnificence. Guitar chords echo off of rainbows, while bass & drums churn with the thump of Earth’s revolution. Some similarities to Mercury Rev, Pink Floyd, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra. These are massively ornate, open-armed musical invitations made to fill Heaven and arenas with the splendor of big, welcoming rock sounds for an interplanetary experience.
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The Besnard Lakes is a Montreal-based quintet fronted by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. The band brings an irresistible mix of psychedelic-infused prog rock that I love to no end. Pretty much like clockwork, the Besnard Lakes treat us to a new album every three years. This is the band's 5th studio album (after 2003's "Vol. 1", 2007's "Are the Dark Horse", 2010's "Are the Roaring Night" and 2013's "Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO").

"A Coliseum Complex Museum" (8 tracks; 39 min.) opens with a brooding "The Bray Road Best", which is followed by the harder charging "Golden Lion" (1st single), probably my favorite track on here. "Pressure of Our Plans" finds Jace and Olga on their trippiest best, almost like space rock. Side A concludes with "Towers Sent Her to Sheets of Music", and the song pretty much sounds like what you'd expect it from just the title alone. "The Plain Moon" is about as straight-forward rock as you'll get from the Besnard Lakes. "Necronomicon" and "Nightingale" finds Jace being more contemplative. It all leads to the album's closer, the epic "Tungsten 4: The Refugee", my other favorite track on here. Bottom line: the Besnard Lakes defined their sound on the must-have albums "Are the Dark Horse" and "Are the Roaring Night". The two albums since then simply continued that sound, while not quite achieving the same level of brilliance. Don't misunderstand me, "A Coliseum Complex Museum" is a fine album and a nice addition to the Besnard Lakes' catalog. Hence 4 stars (but no more than 4 stars).
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This is a really good album. A fine followup to Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO. Sometimes almost ethereal, it's a beautiful departure from more mainstream pop music.

It works really nicely if you queue them up in order of release.
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This is the best album I've heard in years. To me it's clearly their best release yet, a refinement of the type of sound they've been developing the last few albums. Their most consistently great album. I really love Jace Lacek's singing, he's compared to Brian Wilson a lot and I think that comparison is pretty valid. You've got this guy hitting this great falsetto, often with group harmonies that sound a bit like Fleetwood Mac (especially when Olga Goreas is in the vocal mix) but the music is reverb heavy and sort of a melodic shoegaze wall of sound. An interesting mix that sounds very unique to the Besnard Lakes. The first tune, Bray Road Beast, really builds up to an awesome groove about halfway through the song and then Golden Lion takes it to a whole new level of awesomeness. This is a great album to put on the headphones, crank it up and rock out to. I have no idea what the lyrics mean and I don't care, the whole sonic landscape of this album is amazing and what really draws me in. Nightingale is a more mellow change of pace song but the whole album is great, consistently in the same vein as their best songs from previous albums like Colour Yr Lights In and Like The Ocean. I'd give this album six stars if I could.
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