Voted Favourite Folk/Roots Artist at the 2004 Canadian Independent Music Awards, Great Lake Swimmers make wonderfully understated, heart-wrenching music. Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings, shaped by accordion and piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, with a voice that seems to come from the walls.
Their self-titled debut album, engineered by Victor Szabo, was recorded over several months in an abandoned grain silo in Southern Ontario. Its echoes of rural and urban landscapes include the ambient sounds of crickets and the Toronto subway. The record was issued by weewerk in March 2003, in Europe by Fargo Records in March 2004, and will be released by Misra in the USA in April 2005. For live shows, the Toronto-based band expands to include banjo, Wurlitzer piano, lap steel, drums, and bass.
Learn more about Great Lake Swimmers music at http://www.weewerk.com
Possible influences include: Neil Young, Sun Kil Moon, Graham Parsons.
Previews - Great Lake Swimmers
1. Great Lake Swimmers - Moving Pictures Silent Films - Listen!
2. Great Lake Swimmers - The Man With No Skin - Listen!
3. Great Lake Swimmers - Moving, Shaking - Listen!
4. Great Lake Swimmers - Merge, A Vessel, A Harbour - Listen!
5. Great Lake Swimmers - I Will Never See The Sun - Listen!
6. Great Lake Swimmers - This Is Not Like Home - Listen!
7. Great Lake Swimmers - The Animals Of The World - Listen!
8. Great Lake Swimmers - Faithful Night, Listening - Listen!
9. Great Lake Swimmers - Three Days At Sea (Three Lost Years) - Listen!
10. Great Lake Swimmers - Great Lake Swimmers - Listen!
Album File Size - MP3 Format - 67.37 MB