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A Coli­seum Com­plex Mu­seum

This is the Bes­nard Lakes’ first record since 2013’s Un­til in Ex­cess, Im­per­cep­ti­ble UFO. They don’t de­vi­ate too much from that record’s triedand-true for­mula; it’s a wall-to- wall psy­che­delic bliss-out, fea­tur­ing eight tracks stuffed with dense in­stru­men­ta­tion and the lush har­monies of hus­band and wife Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. Recorded at the band’s own Break­glass Stu­dios, A Coli­seum Com­plex Mu­seum is a real head­phones record; a close lis­ten al­lows the com­plex and multi-lay­ered in­stru­men­ta­tion to fully shine. And yet, the record can feel like it is lack­ing in stand­out tracks, mostly be­cause the hooks are ab­sent and things start feel­ing a bit same-y in the back half. There are mo­ments of tran­scen­dence — see the synth part in the middle of “Tow­ers Sent Her to Sheets of Sound” or the in­sane du­elling gui­tar solo at the end of al­bum closer “Tungsten 4: The Refugee” — but none of th­ese songs will have you singing along. If you liked the Bes­nard Lakes’ pre­vi­ous records, A Coli­seum Com­plex Mu­seum will prob­a­bly not dis­ap­point, al­though it’s un­likely to win le­gions of new fans. (Out­side Mu­sic, out­side-mu­­bel) DAVE MIX

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