ALBUM REVIEW: “Lost Channels” Great Lake Swimmers
Great Lake Swimmers
Canada’s Great Lake Swimmers play superbly crafted and surprisingly stirring folk rock built around Tony Dekker’s gentle, expressive tenor. Lost Channels, the band’s fourth album, is a collection of diverse but uniformly strong songs with instantly hummable melodies, contemplative lyrics, and gorgeous vocal harmonies that may leave you wondering if you’re listening to a new album or a lost classic.
“Concrete Heart” and “Stealing Tomorrow” are soft, aching ballads destined to accompany heartbreaking film scenes; “Pulling on a Line” and “The Chorus in the Underground” sparkle with banjo accents; “New Light” is a lovely, haunting waltz; and “She Comes To Me In Dreams” is a twangy, irresistible rocker that’s relatively restrained on record but has the potential to be explosive when played live.
At first, this might seem like a great album to fall asleep to, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself fighting to stay awake so as not to miss the next great song.