Ongiara

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Great Lake Swimmers' blend of catchy, rural indie pop and brooding north country folk with Low-inspired tempos is like a shot of non-adrenaline. The Toronto outfit's third full-length album, Ongiara, breaks little ground for the Canadian pine-gazers, but somewhere between bandleader Tony Dekker's sonorous tenor and cavernous banjo there is a sweet spot that, when engaged, like on the lovely "Backstage with the Modern Dancers," "Catcher Son," and "I Became Awake," could melt the thin ice of Lake Ontario's shoreline in January. Like fellow sepia-toned Chicago collective the Pinetop Seven, GLS have a gift for melody and atmosphere that is nearly hypnotic, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Great Lake Swimmers' blend of catchy, rural indie pop and brooding north country folk with Low-inspired tempos is like a shot of non-adrenaline. The Toronto outfit's third full-length album, Ongiara, breaks little ground for the Canadian pine-gazers, but somewhere between bandleader Tony Dekker's sonorous tenor and cavernous banjo there is a sweet spot that, when engaged, like on the lovely "Backstage with the Modern Dancers," "Catcher Son," and "I Became Awake," could melt the thin ice of Lake Ontario's shoreline in January. Like fellow sepia-toned Chicago collective the Pinetop Seven, GLS have a gift for melody and atmosphere that is nearly hypnotic, but where the Pinetop gang often shifts the dynamic and runs screaming into the forest, the Swimmers just kind of tread water, resulting in an audio experience that can just as easily infect the listener with drooping eyelids as it can repeated bouts of cathartic Sunday morning contemplation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003069120
  • Catalog Number: 30691
  • Sales rank: 76,447

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Great Lake Swimmers Primary Artist
Sarah Harmer Background Vocals
Bob Egan Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Owen Pallett Violin
Serena Ryder Autoharp, Background Vocals
Colin Huebert Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Timpani
Tony Dekker Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Andy Magoffin Engineer
Phil Demetro Mastering
Owen Pallett Engineer, String Arrangements
James Mejia Artwork
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