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Album review: Besnard Lakes, 'Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO'

Album review: Besnard Lakes, 'Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO'

3.5 stars (out of 4)

The Besnard Lakes’ perfectly, inscrutably named fourth studio album, “Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO” (Jagjaguwar), opens with a slow-motion avalanche of music. In the tradition of British shoegaze bands such as the late, great Slowdive, “46 Satires” begins with a distant-horizon keyboard drone, a lonely guitar line and a faraway voice. The Montreal quartet of Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas, Kevin Laing and Richard White are masters of the slow, patient build, as they turn the barely perceptible into a landslide over several minutes, then slowly retreat.

It sets the tone for an album that is not as...

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