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Great Lake Swimmers

Featuring a blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals, Great Lake Swimmers are an indie folk group led by songwriter/vocalist Tony Dekker. The group first appeared in 2003 with a haunting self-titled debut that was recorded in a grain silo and released by Weewerk Records, a small label based in the band's native Toronto. Misra Records picked up the record and released it stateside in April 2005. Recording sessions for Great Lake Swimmers' second album began that same year, with the band taking up residence in an old church in rural southern Ontario. The finished product, Bodies and Minds, was released toward the end of 2006, featuring another blend of homespun folk and lush, intimate Americana.

Although already popular in Canada, the band began building a wider audience in 2007 by signing to a new label, Nettwerk, and releasing the well-received Ongiara. The album's first track, "Your Rocky Spine," topped the Canadian indie charts and appeared on the soundtrack to Showtime's Weeds. Such increased attention kept Great Lake Swimmers on tour for the better part of two years, but they still managed to take some time off to record a fourth album. Traveling between multiple locations in the Thousand Islands region and elsewhere in northern New York state, the group hit a creative high peak with Lost Channels, which was released in 2009. The Legion Sessions, an EP featuring live versions of several Lost Channels tunes, also appeared that year. In 2012 Great Lake Swimmers released New Wild Everywhere, their first album to be recorded in a traditional studio. For 2015's A Forest of Arms, the group recorded in studios, small music venues, and a variety of unconventional spaces, including Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves, the oldest natural cavern in Ontario. ~ David Serra
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Forest Of Arms

1. Something Like A Storm

2. Zero In The City

3. Shaking All Over

4. Don't Leave Me Hanging

5. One More Charge At The Red Cape

6. I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay

7. A Bird Flew Inside The House

8. A Jukebox In A Desert Of Snow

9. I Must Have Someone Else's Blues

10. The Great Bear

11. With Every Departure

12. Expecting You

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Track List: New Wild Everywhere (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Think That You Might Be Wrong

2. New Wild Everywhere

3. The Great Exhale

4. The Knife

5. Changes With The Wind

6. Cornflower Blue

7. Easy Come Easy Go

8. Fields Of Progeny

9. Ballad Of A Fisherman's Wife

10. Quiet Your Mind

11. Parkdale Blues

12. On The Water

Disc 2

7. What Was Going Through My Head

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Track List: Lost Channels

1. Palmistry

2. Everything Is Moving So Fast

3. Pulling On A Line

4. Concrete Heart

5. She Comes To Me In Dreams

6. Chorus In The Underground

7. Singer Castle Bells

8. Stealing Tomorrow

9. Still

10. New Light

11. River's Edge

12. Unison Falling Into Harmony

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Track List: Ongiara

1. Your Rocky Spine

2. Backstage With The Modern Dancers

3. Catcher Song

4. Changing Colours

5. There Is A Light

6. Put There By The Land

7. I Am Part Of A Large Family

8. Where In The World Are You?

9. Passenger Song

10. I Became Awake

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Track List: Bodies And Minds

1. Song For The Angels

2. Let's Trade Skins

3. When It Flows

4. Various Stages

5. Bodies And Minds

6. To Leave It Behind

7. Falling Into The Sky

8. Imaginary Bars

9. I Saw You In The Wild

10. I Could Be Nothing

11. Long Into The Evening

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Track List: Great Lake Swimmers

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

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Track List: Easy Come Easy Go (Single)

1. Easy Come Easy Go

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Track List: Legion Sessions

1. Palmistry

2. Everything Is Moving So Fast

3. Pulling On A Line

4. Concrete Heart

5. She Comes To Me In Dreams

6. The Chorus In The Underground

7. Stealing Tomorrow

8. Still

9. New Light

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Track List: Zero In The City (Single)

1. Zero In The City

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I am falling deeply in love with this group. They've got me under their spell with their lush vocals, and soft, ethereal arrangements .
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debsurvil
reminds me of Neil Young!
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A very, very soothing song Merge, A Vessel, A Harbour is... Part of my Jason Molina radio... RIP J...
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Comforting sound.
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yaaaaay! lyrics! thankyou :)
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No no more lyrics, I hate it as well
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I love their warm, intimate sound. So soothing, so calming when you need it most. Great for a cold, or rainy day!! :)
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Does Pandora not provide lyrics any more? disappointin g :(
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lofishman0
I first heard them while watching Being Human (US) on Netflix. Look for their song Moving Pictures, Silent Films. Hauntingly beautiful.
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lasowko
More great music!
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Beautiful, beautiful music.
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Love this song. So wistfully honest.
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This band is a treasure. They're a revelation live. If they're in your neighborhood just go!
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afrikanzion
just discovered this band - and so happy i did.
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this is good baby-makin music
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I forgot how good these guys are. Saw them at Whistler, BC 2 years ago during the WInter Olympics.
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All is right in the world as long as I can listen to GLS
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dujsikjohn
playing this music and your home, where ever you may be.
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I dig them they are smooth ,flowing and fill up the whole room:)
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l.berendts
Great Lake Swimmers is my new favorite band!

How did I miss these guys this long?
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alicemar
I love itl
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I go someplace better when I am listening.
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Neil Young vibrato.
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Enjoyable.
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wistful, melancholic, literate, lovely...
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Very nice!
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amazing sound (:
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going to see them 2nite folks. can't wait
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They sound a lot like Guster, imo, but that is def not a bad thing. They are great.
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kevin832
these guys have a sound that i can't quite pinpoint...s i l v e r y , pensive, and acoustic / mellow but also much more cutting edge and newer sounding that the beaten up, worn out 'singer songerwriter ' genre that doesn't seem to be breaking any new ground. i'd also recom: bon iver, phosphoresce n t , band of horses, fleet foxes, and m.ward for similar sounding (but unique) 'new acoustic' sound. finally...so m e o n e is getting us out of the dull hole of acoustic boredom.
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11-14-2007 thomas244 says:
Great Lake Swimmers=Pur e Love

DITTO!
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Saw them live recently, amazing concert.
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Yeah, this "Man With No Skin" tune either mellows me out or freaks me out...I'm not sure which.

Really a great song.
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Great Lake Swimmers=Pur e Love

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