Just a few tan­ta­lis­ing weeks ahead of their tour, which includes dates in the UK, The Besnard Lakes have released a sin­gle called She’s An Ici­cle.

This new track is in keep­ing with the feel and atmos­phere of their last, tri­umphant album The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Thun­der­storm Warn­ings, released in ear­ly 2021, and reviewed here. The song is the first glimpse of work to be fea­tured on their upcom­ing EP, Are The Prayers For The Death Of Fame.

This track is gor­geous, yearn­ing, oth­er­world­ly psy­che­delia. She’s an Ici­cle was record­ed at the same time as their album and feels like ‘the one that got away’… it radi­ates the same shim­mery, majes­tic sound, writ­ten as the band’s vocal­ist and gui­tarist Jace Lasek mourned the death of his father, wrestling with ideas about life, death and life after death. It has that sim­i­lar yearn­ing qual­i­ty, as if we’re com­mu­ni­cat­ing with some­thing or some­one far away, across the divide. Woozy gui­tar notes chime like bells before we’re in famil­iar Besnards ter­ri­to­ry with Jace Lasek’s sig­na­ture falsetto. 

At the mid­way point, the song sud­den­ly ramps up its tem­po; we reach a moment of euphor­ic release, a joy­ous aban­don­ment. Maybe it will rouse the crowd at their upcom­ing gigs to do a bit of danc­ing… time will tell. The third part of the song has a dreamy feel, but with a sense of res­o­lu­tion, a sense of being at peace.

The band say about this lat­est work – notably about that mid­dle sec­tion: “The orig­i­nal had many parts strung togeth­er and it was all a bit goofy. We elim­i­nat­ed most of the oth­er parts and then Oggy said it was too bor­ing so we reworked one of the parts to make it less goofy and shoved it in the mid­dle of the track.”

2022 Euro­pean tour dates:
April 19th BE Antwerp Trix Bar
20th DE Cologne Blue Shell
21st DE Berlin Pri­vat­club
22nd DK Copen­hagen Vega
23rd DE Ham­burg Molo­tow
24th NL Gronin­gen Vera
25th NL Utrecht Ekko
27th BE Gent Char­la­tan 28th FR Paris Bus Pal­la­di­um
29th Brighton The Albert
30th Man­ches­ter YES
May 1st Glas­gow Hug & Pint
3rd Leeds Bru­denell*
4th Liv­er­pool Dis­trict*
5th Guild­ford The Boile­room*
6th Lon­don Oslo*
7th Wrex­ham Focus Wales

Aster­isked UK dates are in for a treat with the excel­lent band Pale Blue Eyes as sup­port: check out their new track, Dr Pong with its uplift­ing Djan­go-Djan­goesque feel.

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