The Besnard Lakes have shared a new taste of their forthcoming album The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings (out January 29) by way of new single, “Our Heads, Our Hearts On Fire Again.”
They share, “the single started as an Oggy Film Song. A skeletal version of the song had been in the Besnard vault for several years after we initially rejected it for a film soundtrack. It went through a couple of drafts before we tore it apart, rejiggered some parts and resurrected it to its new form. The song is an ode to logic and intuition and being able to learn from the past.”
Watch the video for ‘Our Heads, Our Hearts On Fire Again’ – BELOW:
The Besnard Lakes have announced 3 livestream shows in support of the forthcoming album. In conjunction with Noonchorus the band will perform on February 5, March 6, and April 6. The streams go live at 7 pm EST for each show and tickets are available here.
The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings is being released by Full-Time Hobby. On release day – January 29 – the band will throw a release party via YouTube, making themselves available for questions and conversations with fans. More details to be announced soon.
In making The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings, The Besnard Lakes dispensed with a timeline and instead took all the time they needed to conceive, compose, record and mix the album. Some of its songs are old, resurrected from demos cast aside years ago. Others were literally woodshedded in the cabin behind Lasek and Goreas’s “Rigaud Ranch” – invented and reinvented, relishing this rougher sound. Some of that distortion makes its way into the final mix: an incandescent crackle that had receded from the Besnards’ more recent output.
Contemplating the darkness of dying and the light on the other side, The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings is a double LP. “Near Death” is the title of the first side. “Death,” “After Death,” and “Life” follow next. It’s a journey into (and back from) the brink: the story of the Besnard Lakes’ own odyssey but also a remembrance of others’, especially the death of Lasek’s father in 2019. Being on your deathbed is perhaps the most psychedelic trip you can go on: in Lasek’s father’s case, he surfaced from a morphine dream to talk about “a window” on his blanket, with “a carpenter inside, making intricate objects.” That experience pervades the album.
There might be nothing less trendy than an hour-long psych-rock epic by a band of Canadian grandmasters. Then again, there might be nothing we need more.
3. Christmas Can Wait
4. Our Heads, Our Hearts On Fire Again
5. Feuds With Guns
6. The Dark Side Of Paradise
7. New Revolution
8. The Father Of Time Wakes Up
9. The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings