Great Lake Swimmers Play Tonight at Stubb’s Indoor Venue
It’s been four years since Toronto-based band Great Lake Swimmers released Lost Channels (2009), an album widely regarded as one of their best and most evocative. Critics and fans marveled at the vocal prowess and insightful lyricism of frontman and songwriter Tony Dekker, so expectations were high for the follow-up.
Happily, fans can indulge in their latest work, the rather striking and beautifully arranged New Wild Everywhere, a lush mix of folk with elements of country and bluegrass. Dekker gathered everyone from the Lost Channels touring band, including Erik Arnesen on banjo and guitar, Bret Higgins on upright bass, drummer Greg Millson, and the newest member, violinist Miranda Mulholland on backing vocals. This time, the tempos have picked up a bit, and the overall soundscape is not as minimal with flourishes of harmonies, strings, and acoustic instrumentation. And again, Dekker brings a compelling, slightly ethereal effect with softer vocals and rather concise lyrics.