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When: Wed., May 4, 9 p.m. 2016

Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, the husband-and-wife team at the core of long-running Montreal band Besnard Lakes, tried something new for their latest album, A Coliseum Complex Museum (Jagjaguwar). The pair camped in a trailer by the rural Saskatchewan lake that gave the group their moniker, writing songs and preparing demos which they then brought back to the small coterie of collaborators that helped them build the album. The cinematic new record—lush with gorgeous post-Beach Boys vocal harmonies, sculptural guitar interplay, and a proggy depth—is another strong effort, its lovely melodies unfolding patiently amid dense shoegaze arrangements. But while the band’s method clearly works, they might need to shake up the process a bit more; I enjoy the new record, but there’s less and less that distinguishes each new effort from its predecessors. That’s a fine thing if you love a sound so much you can’t bear a change, but you’re out of luck if you want to be surprised.

Peter Margasak

Price: $14

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