Great Lake Swimmers
The Great Lake Swimmers may not be a household name to many, but when you listen to Lost Channels you quickly wonder why. This is a fine album, if you like laid back, relaxed music. The band terms their style ambient folk.
A song such as Everything Is Moving So Fast is just a great song. I love the way they juxtapose the song’s lyrical theme against their mellow musical style. Serena Ryder adds vocals on the song.
That they follow up with another great song such as Pulling On A Line speaks to how good the band is.
Of course the Great Lake Swimmers should be rather polished in terms of recording. They have been rather prolific since releasing a self-titled effort in 2003, and an EP came out in 2006, which is actually available as an LP. That marketing decision tells you the band cuts their own swath.
Onigara followed in 2007, and a nine-song EP; Song Sung Blue came out in 2008.
The constant for the band, which has seen personnel changes over the years, is vocalist Tony Dekker who has a mellow, emotionally vibrant voice which truly is the heart of the music for Great Lake Swimmers. That Dekker also has writing credits throughout, and co-produced the disk with Andy Magoffin only adds to his influence on the end product here.
The disk offers listeners a dozen songs, and truly there isn’t a weak effort here. This is a great CD.
This is one to mark as a must have.
Check them out at www.greatlakeswimmers.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb 10, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada