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Toronto's Great Lake Swimmers have been quietly honing their signature wet and lonesome, echo-laden brand of mellow folk-pop since 2005, while like-minded bands such as Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses and Shearwater get all of the press. On their fourth album, Tony Dekker and his revolving cast of co-conspirators walk a little taller than on previous releases, employing a larger, more band-oriented sound that lovingly elevates (and amplifies) Dekker's simple, refined melodies into something both peaceful and majestic. Recorded in castles, churches, and community centers in and around the Saint Lawrence River's Thousand Islands, which straddle the U.S.-Canada ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Toronto's Great Lake Swimmers have been quietly honing their signature wet and lonesome, echo-laden brand of mellow folk-pop since 2005, while like-minded bands such as Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses and Shearwater get all of the press. On their fourth album, Tony Dekker and his revolving cast of co-conspirators walk a little taller than on previous releases, employing a larger, more band-oriented sound that lovingly elevates (and amplifies) Dekker's simple, refined melodies into something both peaceful and majestic. Recorded in castles, churches, and community centers in and around the Saint Lawrence River's Thousand Islands, which straddle the U.S.-Canada border, Lost Channels is filled with sepia-tone postcard images of dusty boots following the treads on seasonal roads, and pastoral woodcuts of stoic, blue-collar heartache and wide-eyed innocence. From the old-school country-folk of "The Chorus in the Underground" and "Unison Falling into Harmony" to the straight-up indie folk-rock of "Pulling on a Line" and "Palmistry" -- the latter, as beautiful as it is owes more than just an instrumentation nod to R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" -- Great Lake Swimmers have proven once again that Canada, as rich as it is in arty indie rock like Destroyer, Plants and Animals, and Wolf Parade, is also the country that gave the world Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joni Mitchell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5037703083028
  • Catalog Number: 853205

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Great Lake Swimmers Primary Artist
Bob Egan Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
Andy Magoffin Bass, Hammond Organ
Paul Aucoin Vibes
Erin Aurich Violin, Background Vocals
Serena Ryder Vocals
Tony Dekker Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Greg Millson Drums
Technical Credits
Joao Carvalho Mastering
Andy Magoffin Producer, Engineer
Tony Dekker Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One Of The Best Albums This Year

    "Lost Channels" by Great Lake Swimmers is an amazing album. This album is definitely one of the best albums I have heard this year so far. If you are a fan of folk music and love beautiful harmonies and meaningful lyrics, this album is a must-have for you! This album offers both upbeat ("Palmistry") and mellow ("Stealing Tomorrow") songs that keep the album interesting. I recommend that all folk music fans give this album a listen!

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