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Having just completed a run of dates throughout Canada in June, the JUNO Award nominated and Polaris Music Prize shortlisted Great Lake Swimmers are ready to head back out for another run of Summer tour dates beginning August 29. Tickets for all dates are on sale Friday, July 12, 2019 at www.greatlakeswimmers.com. Full tour dates can be found below.
Great Lake Swimmers recently recorded covers of Jason Molina’s “The Dark Don’t Hide It”, PJ Harvey’s “The Desperate Kingdom Of Love”, and the opening track, “The Talking Wind”, from their latest LP, The Waves, The Wake, for The Influences series in Utrecht.
Out now via Nettwerk, The Waves, The Wake was recorded in the 145-year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church and produced by Chris Stringer (Union Sound). On the LP, Dekker decided to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar, which has always been his instrumental mainstay. Each song on the album is brought to life in its own distinctive way, using an acoustic palette that includes woodwinds, harp, congas, marimba and pipe organ.
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PRAISE FOR GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS
“The Waves, The Wake is a beautiful achievement, rife with rich and varied instrumentation and textures, engaging vocals, and bittersweet, poignant lyrics." - Big Takeover
“The shimme that illuminate such songs as “Mouth of Flames” and “The Open Sea” are contrasted, albeit briefly, in the upbeat tick of “Alone But Not Alone” and the quiet insistence of “Side Effects,” but it’s the acapella “Visions of a Distant World” that best defines the effort overall...melodies that are both elusive and surreal." – Paste Magazine
"Dekker renews Great Lake Swimmers' sound while still retaining the atmospheric singing and subtle yet intricate guitar playing that are quintessential to the band. It's a tricky balance, but Dekker and his sprawling team of contributors pull it off with aplomb.” - Exclaim!
"...magnificently beautiful orchestrations, this instrumentation flourishes thanks to the exquisite acoustics of the 145-year-old church in which the band recorded. Every sound resounds to its fullest potential, filling the building with magnificent auras....The Waves, The Wake is a vibrant display of Dekker and company challenging themselves, even after 15 years." - Riff Magazine
“…a beautiful, hypnotic track wrapped in a rich, comforting warmth…” – CBC
“’The Talking Wind’ sees a band experimenting with orchestral sounds in a novel ways, and to significant artistic effect." – Culture Collide
“’Alone But Not Alone’ is a breezy 60s inspired track that’s more than meets the eye” – NOISEY
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ON TOUR
Aug 29 - Beamsville ON - Redstone Winery
Aug 31 - Niagara Falls ON - Queen Victoria Park
Sep 21 - Saint John NB - Pepper’s Pub
Sep 23 – Moncton NB - Capitol Theatre w/ Jenn Grant
Sep 24 – Fredericton NB - The Playhouse w/ Jenn Grant
Sep 25 – Georgetown PE - Kings Playhouse
Sep 26 – Halifax NS - The Seahorse Tavern
Sep 27 - Annapolis Royal NS - King’s Theatre
Sep 29 – Sackville NB - Thunder & Lightning Ltd
Oct 01 – Quebec City QC - L’Anti Bar and Spectacles
Oct 03 – Ottawa ON - The 27 Club
Oct 05 - Grimsby ON - Station 1 Coffeehouse
Oct 06 – Napanee ON - Doghouse Studios
Oct 08 – Collingwood ON - Crow Bar & Variety
Oct 09 – Gravenhurst ON - Peter's Players
Oct 17 – Paris ON - Dominion Telegraph Hall