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Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake SwimmersAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Misra Records
  • ASIN: B0007UDCJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moving Pictures Silent Films
2. The Man With No Skin
3. Moving, Shaking
4. Merge, A Vessel, A Harbour
5. I Will Never See The Sun
6. This Is Not Like Home
7. The Animals Of The World
8. Faithful Night, Listening
9. Three Days At Sea (Three Lost Years)
10. Great Lake Swimmers

Editorial Reviews

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"Beautiful, bittersweet, drifting, late-summer melancholia." -- Mojo

Product Description

Easily the most captivating combination of ghostly vocals, hypnotic songs, and environmental atmospherics in a long time. Goose bumps guaranteed! Recorded in an abandoned grain silo. Tony Dekker's songs and singing have been compared to Mojave 3's Neil Halstead as well as a quiet My Morning Jacket.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal first album September 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After having massively warped my copy of "Bodies & Minds," their newest release, from overuse in my car stereo, I recently caught a GLS show at a small local music café, where tragically there were less than 20 people in attendance, and where I was first introduced to the 10 ethereal, overpowering songs from this album, their first. Tony Dekker, finger-picking a very cello-sounding Seagull guitar, laid waste to the place. His vocals alone were enough to make you put off that bathroom break for painfully long stretches of time, striking a balance between the hushed intimacy of Sam Beam's whispered lullabies and the impressive range of Tim Buckley's operatic tenor. "Moving Pictures, Silent Films," a song in which the chord progression tumbles down the pentatonic scale in 3 sorrowful little movements, put more than a few lumps in the throats of those listening. And if "Merge, A Vessel" didn't leave the entire audience grief-stricken, "This is Not Like Home" left most digging in their pockets and purses for Kleenex, or choking down beer to regain composure. While I might be making their music sound like a trip to the funeral home, consider the monumental difficulty in creating something that has both the emotional and personal resonance as such a deathly event. Then consider whether or not it is time to stop ingesting sugar-coated, sunny pop numbers that deny a dismal reality for songs that look it square in the eye and embrace it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have these guys been hiding? October 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Or have I just been living in a bubble?

Great Lake Swimmers is one of the better bands I've heard in a long while. A refreshing deviation from the overhyped, mainstream offerings currently playing over the airwaves.

I agree with some that the songs are definitely not going to make you feel like all is sunny and sparkling in the world. They are, however, extremely beautiful and Tony Dekker's voice has a soothing quality about it that is very appealing.

I definitely hear some Neil Young influence. They also remind me a bit of South San Gabriel (specifically, Will Johnson).

If you like Iron & Wine (Sam Beam)or the artists referenced above, you'll likely enjoy this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 12, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Drenched in reverb, like My Morning Jacket, but much softer and with kick-ass melodies. Definitely worth listening to, especially if you are a fan of After the Gold Rush-era Neil Young.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Canadian record July 12, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With the execption of a few songs, Tony Dekker is the soul musician behind this very melodic and beautiful CD. Knowing that the songs were recorded in an abandoned farm silo in rural Ontario gives it a truly haunting feel. If you listen carefully you can hear a chorus of crickets in the background through out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable beauty... February 16, 2008
By Flippy
Format:Audio CD
I am originally from Southern Ontario. I put on this CD to remember my hometown, to feel that world again. Great Lake Swimmer's music is pure Canadiana. I can hear the crickets, I recall the humid summer nights, the smell of the grass and maple trees at dusk. When I hear the first track, "Moving Pictures, Silent Films" I think of my first love, the unrequited, mysterious pangs I felt in her presence.

There is desolation in this CD ("This is not like home"), melancholy ("The Man With No Skin") but also mysticism. "Faithful night, listening" ranks with the best of the German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke in terms of beauty and depth and "Merge, a vessel, a harbour" with the writings of Walt Whitman (I think of the poem "I sing the body electric") and Pablo Neruda's love poetry.

If you enjoy Iron & Wine, and Canadian musicians like Hayden and Neil Young (acoustic Young), then you'll enjoy this. This CD is indispensible. I feel in some small way it has had a great, silent impact on my life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sirens songs July 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A great album for days spent endlessly wondering if she'll ever come back to you - if things will ever be. But be careful, it must be followed by the likes of James Brown, Sugarman 3, disco or heartfelt rock cause only real funk can break the funk you may find yourself in after listening to this beautiful overlooked best album I've discovered this year.
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