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Canadian indie duo the Besnard Lakes hope to raise profile with 'Excess'

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By Brian Krasman
Friday, April 5, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

‘Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO'

The Besnard Lakes (Jagjaguwar)


From the files of bands that should be way more popular than they are come the Besnard Lakes, the Canadian indie rock band that has done nothing but put out great albums since their inception.

Their latest is more of the same, with both spacey dream rock and surf melodies joined as one.

Husband-wife combo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas come up with more atmospheric wonders on their fourth record, from the sprawling opener “46 Satires,” to the Beach Boys-like harmonies of “And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold,” to murky adventure “At Midnight.” This band's records are like mini-journeys, and all have been a blast to take so far. Check out this band now.

‘Ride Your Heart'

Bleached (Dead Oceans)


Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin kick up similar basement dust as bands such as Vivian Girls, Best Coast, and Dum Dum Girls on their debut “Ride Your Heart.” The songs are unsophisticated, yes, but that's sort of the fun of their record is it sounds like they just plug in and go.

The 12 tracks on their debut sound fine, as their punk-flavored, catchy songwriting is sure to be a blast if witnessed live, but their songs begin to sound a little too much like each other that, by the time it's done, you kind of feel like you've heard the same track a few times over and over. Not bad, but they likely are capable of better.

‘You're Nothing'

Iceage (Matador)

★★★ ½

I always have to remind myself that Iceage are a Danish band, not English, because every time I hear the sneer of their songs, I always think of late '70s British punk.

That's a good thing, mind you, as is their explosive and noise-glazed second record.

These 12 cuts are packed with youthful exuberance and furious snarl, though if you listen closely, you can hear some pop hook behind cuts such as “Ecstasy,” “Burning Hands,” and “Everything Drifts.”

This is stuff will blow your doors off and may make you want to set a car on fire (don't set a car on fire).

Iceage perform Friday at 9 p.m. at 6119. Tickets are $8.

Brian Krasman is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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