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Boomkat Product Review:
Volume 1 was released in 2003 as The Besnard Lakes' debut album. The Montreal duo set themselves apart from many of their Canadian contemporaries with an ambitiously scaled-up hybrid of post-rock and shoegaze influences. Album opener 'Skyscraper Girls' introduces itself with a gradual, grainy tape loop escalation, only developing into a more regular song structure only by the three-minute mark. The vocals are delivered in a suitably echoic fashion, but this is no wispy, insubstantial listen, the instrumentation manages to have one foot in the 'epic' camp and one in the meatier, post-punk domain. Inevitably this debut is bound to prompt comparison with the texture rock of My Bloody Valentine or the electronically-bolstered drone rock of Spacemen 3 (particularly on 'This Thing'). Thankfully The Besnard Lakes aren't shy of a tune either, as proven by the likes of 'Thomasina', which exhibits an urgency and immediacy functioning as a much needed break from the slow-burning, abstracted rock experiments of 'You've Got To Want To Be A Star', and the like.