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Lost Channels (Deluxe Vinyl)

Great Lake SwimmersVinyl
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New Wild Everywhere is the follow-up to Great Lake Swimmers’ critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize shortlisted and Juno nominated 2009 album Lost Channels. Their fifth album in just under a decade, this new collection of 12 tracks reveals a depth and maturity previously only hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker.

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  • Vinyl (June 22, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B003KNDLXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Palmistry
2. Everything is Moving So Fast
3. Pulling On a Line
4. Concrete Heart
5. She Comes To Me In Dreams
6. The Chorus In the Underground
7. Singer Castle Bells
8. Stealing Tomorrow
9. Still
10. New Light
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Put There By the Land
2. Concrete Heart

Editorial Reviews

Featuring a homespun blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes and wistful vocals, Great Lake Swimmers' album Lost Channels was released to critical acclaim. Paste Magazine said "starkly evocative and melodically melancholic...simple, yet stirring". The New York Times said "A wonderful atmosphere…minimalist well done". Great Lake Swimmers Lost Channels Deluxe Vinyl is Limited Edition, Gatefold,180-Gram Vinyl with an additional Live 7" (featuring 2 unreleased tracks "Put There By The Land" and "Concrete Heart") plus an Album Download Card featuring bonus track "It's Too Late".

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Beautiful May 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD opens with 3 songs steeped in world weariness. The lyrics of the first song, Palmistry state: "You can see by the lines on my hand, I've been carryin a heavy load." The simple repeated lyrics of "Everything is Moving so Fast" follow the same theme. Similarly, my favorite song on this CD is "Pulling on a Line.", with the chorus. "pullin on a line, pullin on a line and sometimes it pulls on me."

This is a CD that features stunningly beauiful vocal harmonies throughout, based on what band's website aptly describes as "the singular voice of (lead singer) Tony Dekker, a voice that summons ghosts from times past. (and) It's a voice that is capable of conveying heartache and comfort all in the space of a single phrase." The vocals in "Everything is Moving so Fast" and "River's End" are especially beautiful. The vocals are reminiscent of folk-style Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young songs such as "Teach Your Children".

Listening to the songs in order the additional themes are estrangement (Concrete Heart) and separation (She Comes to Me in Dreams). This is followed by unexpected sources of hope and beauty such as "The Chorus in the Underground" and the simple bells of "Singer Castle Bells". Further songs such as "New Light" and the last song: "Unison Falling into Harmony" convey a sense of hope and peacefullness though still suffused with sadness.

I continue to be intrigued by the lyrics and drawn in by the beautiful music after repeated listens.

I commented on my own review to give links to a great CBC News interview and album review and also to the band's website where you can listen to full tracks of several of the songs. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I still like the softer sound more October 8, 2009
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Recorded along the Thousand Islands bordering Canada and the US, this sounds like a riparian pastoral suite. Tony Dekker leads this hushed band, amping up to current Wilco or mid-period REM volume on the first three and the fifth songs. These don't display the power of Dekker's soft quaver as much as their standard repertoire of quieter, slower, melancholy tunes.

Dekker and band understandably wanted to shake up their sound on this fourth record. The songs that are louder, however, seem nondescript next to ones such as "Concrete Heart" which despite the lyric sheet that makes the words look nearly indecipherable in size and color, still stick with you in simple poetry. The album sinks in as it progresses, and the later songs return to the earlier albums such as "Ongiara" and "Bodies and Minds" with a chamber-folk setting that adds depth subtly. GLS has progressed as the band coalesced to flesh out the low-fi, skeletal, haunting sound of the self-titled debut, and despite the added fullness here on #4, I still prefer the more burrowed, hibernating feel of the softer songs that wrap you under layers.

This is not a record to blast. It's suited for introspection, rain, and waking up or settling down. We all need such music however raucous other CDs on our shelves speak to other moods. It took me a while to get used to Dekker's resolutely steady pace of singing and playing, but this will comfort those in the mood for music that makes you turn inward. How he and his band manage to do this without seeming pitiful or self-absorbed is a difficult quality to explain, but I think more often than not, this record succeeds in separating the fine line on the right side, between twee and depth, pose and insight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmonic convergence August 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
It did not take long for "Lost Channels" by Great Lake Swimmers to become one of those recordings I have to get a "fix of every day. This music is harmonic dopamine, quickening the pulse, mood-altering, blissful. The band surrounding main man Tom Dekker proves more than a supporting cast, taking his songs and turning them into shimmering vignettes.

No filler or schmaltz clogs up the recording, and sentiment is discarded for something clearer, the vision and feelings that come from living without resolution or answers. This music captures the spirit of those souls doomed to quest for love and enlightenment in a fallen world, showing that such a quest is noble, if perhaps doomed.

I thought this idea of recording in historic places could smack of gimmickry, but it works: the instruments resonant distinctly and the voices of Dekker and his supporting singers floats clear as a bell from my Vandersteen speakers. For what it's worth, this is one of those recordings that sounds entirely different when played through a very good stereo (I guess one could make that point about any recording, but the emotional impact of this album is just not the same for me when I hear it in the car or on a smaller sound system.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best This Year So Far May 19, 2009
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"Lost Channels" by Great Lake Swimmers is a great album. I just recently got the chance to listen to it and I believe that it is one of the best albums I have heard this year. If you are a fan of folk music with meaningful lyrics and beautiful harmonies, this is a must have album for you! This album offers a mix of both upbeat ("Palmistry") and mellow ("Stealing Tomorrow") songs that keep the album interesting. I definitely recommend that everyone give this album a listen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully textured May 12, 2009
By Norm W.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think I downloaded this album because it was the special of the day and I live in the Great Lake state, so it's fair to say I stumbled on this band, but I am definitely a convert for this Toronto act. The vocals are subtly understated, so that lines like, "I am in an uproar" take on a certain poignancy. There is a lot to listen to in the instrumentation, such as the dampened bass line in "River's Edge" that adds (I think) a minor seventh where you might not expect it. Lots of little nuanced details to discover after many listens.

This is great headphone music; highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Band
One of my favourite bands, simple arrangements, outstanding lyrics, simply can't be beat. On watch for their next album. x
Published 9 months ago by annodomini
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!
I have listened to this CD multiple times. I love it! I love Tony Dekker! I think this man is a musical genius as well as an angel incarnate. His music is deep. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda S. Covey
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Album
This is a great album, gave it 4 starts because I still think the 2007 album Ongiara is my favorite, but Lost Channels is getting up there...This band is so underrated.
Published 12 months ago by Tron3001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lake Swimmers
This CD is the BEST. Another great Canadian Band. First heard songs from this album , driving around Vancouver, Canada
Published 17 months ago by Bruce Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
First off, Vinyl is better than MP3 by about a million times. There is a lot of air in this music, but to be aloft in it, you must listen to the vinyl version, otherwise you only... Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. R. Sopha
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant album
This is a pleasant album. I first heard the group on Pandora and decided to investigate further. I am pleased that I did. Read more
Published 20 months ago by SheltieGirlV
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Great Lake Swimmers album
Great Lake Swimmers is the one of the best Canadian roots folk/rock bands and Lost Channels is their best album. Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by Frank Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a new release
This CD came out in March, 2009, not today. Amazon (and others) have a nasty habit of doing this for several releases, giving an extremely false impression of not on the facts but... Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by templestark
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique & Memorable Folk Rock Tunes - A Nice Album
Canada-based Great Lake Swimmers' 4th release, Lost Channels, is awash in memorable acoustic folk rock tunes. Read more
Published on October 2, 2010 by A. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars lost channels
The music on this c.d.has a wide-open sound.Floating in space. Lifting you right into the story of each song. Touching your heart and inner senses.
Published on August 8, 2010 by dinkydodo
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