Now Playing: Great Lake Swimmers
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 09, 2012

  • Posted by: Malcolm Donaldson

Great Lake Swimmers make all the pieces fit together. There's something natural about the group's dynamic, like they have been playing together since they were kids, which is surprising, given the revolving door of the bands roster. At GLSs core is Tony Dekker, a man hell bent on taming the wide open spaces of his youth in Wainfleet, Ontario into something tangible and torrential. After numerous albums and a spread of styles and modes, Dekker finally adopted the balance he sees fit with New Wild Everywhere, the bands fifth studio LP. It came just three years after his breakout album Lost Channels (his fourth), the one that earned Dekker nods for both the Polaris Music Prize and a Juno Award.

The award-caliber folk of Great Lake Swimmers is on display here, as evident in performance as on their new collection. Dekker's crystalline blends beautifully with Miranda Mulholland's strings and harmonies. Erik Arnesen's diverse musicianship adds new parts to each song to keep each track sounding fresh. The Canadian five-piece played our showcase at SXSW, and we were lucky to see the group play from their wide discography, including the immediate "Think That You Might Be Wrong" from their immense new album. New Wild Everywhere is true through their newly formed equilibrium, the band is made new, and wilder than ever.



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