After producing critically bear-hugged albums for Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, Montreal musician Jace Lasek teamed up with wife and musical accomplice Olga Goreas to create the potent The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
. The ambitious eight-song cycle juggles the brazen riffs of T. Rex with the darker nuances of Montreal mates the Arcade Fire, favoring dynamic ebbs and flows and exploratory home production over quick-fix pop structures. Flexing epic sprawl on intimate narrative arcs, the Besnard Lakes
have created a fantastic slow-burner for the always provocative Jagjaguwar label.