|Great Lake Swimmers — New Wild Everywhere (2012)|
Great Lake Swimmers — New Wild Everywhere
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Album release: April 3, 2012
Record Label: Nettwerk Records
01. Think That You Might Be Wrong 4:15
02. New Wild Everywhere 3:48
03. The Great Exhale 4:39
04. The Knife 4:23
05. Changes With The Wind 4:25
06. Cornflower Blue 4:07
07. Easy Come Easy Go 4:24
08. Fields Of Progeny 2:57
09. Ballad Of A Fisherman's Wife 3:18
10. Quiet Your Mind 4:52
11. Parkdale Blues 3:55
12. On The Water 5:33
13. Les Champs de Progéniture 3:08
Deluxe CD also includes:
01. New Wild Everywhere (Acoustic)
02. The Great Exhale (Demo)
03. Easy Come Easy Go (Acoustic)
04. I Will Never See the Sun (TTC Version)
05. Something Heavy
06. What Was Going Through My Head
07. Changes with the Wind (Acoustic) /// Notes:
♣ The album debuted at number 33 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on June 14, 2012.
♣ In Canada, "Les Champs de progéniture" is included as the final track on the "regular edition" album, but appears on the bonus disc instead of the primary album in the "deluxe edition"; in all non-Canadian markets, the track appears only on the "deluxe edition" bonus disc.
Producer: Andy Magoffin
♣ Tony Dekker - vocals and guitars
♣ Erik Arnesen - banjo and guitars
♣ Miranda Mulholland - backing vocals and violin
♣ Bret Higgins - upright bass
♣ Greg Millson - drums
♣ Paul Aucoin – vibraphone (11)
♣ Bryden Baird – fluegelhorn (4, 10)
♣ Michael Boguski – accordion (6, 9), Hammond organ (6), piano (7, 9)
♣ Bob Egan – pedal steel (5)
♣ Aleksandar Gajic – violin (1, 10)
♣ John Jowett – euphonium (4, 10)
♣ James MacDonald – french horn (4, 10)
♣ Andy Magoffin – backing vocals (7), baritone guitar (8)
♣ Karen Moffat – viola (1, 10)
♣ Mike Olsen – cello (1, 10)
♣ Joel Schwartz – dobro (5, 7), guitar (5, 6, 7), mandolin (6) ◊ Miranda Mulholland (http://www.mirandamulholland.com/), performing as part of Great Lake Swimmers at the Burlington Sound of Music festival; June 19, 2010 / Tabercil
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◊ New Wild Everywhere is the follow-up to Great Lake Swimmers' critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize shortlisted and Juno nominated 2009 album Lost Channels. Their fifth album in just under a decade, this new collection of 12 tracks reveals a depth and maturity previously only hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. (Details: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/1211442--polaris-prize-long-list-includes-lots-of-toronto-bands?bn=1)
◊ Great Lake Swimmers songs have always felt like dust motes hanging in a beam of sunlight; hazy, lazy, warm and hypnotic. Relocating themselves to the studio proper rather than recording in ambient spaces like churches and adding new members (most interestingly Miranda Mullholland on violin and backing vocals) has done little to change the atmosphere or impact of the songs.
◊ They do sound less singular though, but as this is still filtered through Tony Dekker the change is subtle; nothing radical, just a clarification. The tone is warmer, more rounded and more playful, the giggle of banjo and the tickle of violin on ‘Ballad of a Fisherman’s Wife’ coax a lighter side from Dekker.
◊ The warmer waters are evident on the lovely ‘Cornflower Blue’ that has Dekker’s laconic vocal, a banjo hook and backing vocals from Mullholland; the whole song is one graceful swoon. They haven’t abandoned the subdued, ‘Quiet Your Mind’ is like a dark pool, the surface may barely ripple but you know all the same that the depths are dark and dangerous. The perfect mortar between earlier records and this one is ‘Think That You Might Be Wrong’ it largely eschews the broader palette but crucially makes use of Mullholland’s vocals and violin. ◊ The middle eight features a typically restrained guitar solo before giving way to the strings.
The dust motes dance as plucked strings launch benevolent shockwaves, so begins ‘The Knife’ a song that if deconstructed would give no clue as to why it sounds satisfying. The song transitions from one phase to another as easily as afternoon passes to evening, staccato plucks stand in for the middle eight, the songs is crafted into a whole with each element supporting the other (see no illumination there). That’s always been Dekker’s skill and here working with a more detailed brush he succeeds in broadening his range without compromising his vision.
Great Like Swimmers Biography:
◊ Featuring the touring band from Lost Channels (with long-time collaborator Erik Arnesen on banjo and guitar, along with new addition Miranda Mulholland contributing backing vocals and violin, Bret Higgins on upright bass, and Lost Channels drummer Greg Millson), New Wild Everywhere thematically picks up where the previous album left off, exploring transcendence in the natural world to describe the universal themes of love, mortality and escape.
◊ “There is something very elemental about this album as a whole,” says Dekker.
Indeed. Throughout New Wild Everywhere, there is an elemental energy that moves from physical to spiritual and from the immediate present to an all-encompassing future, all represented by Dekker’s ability to weave insightful lyrics into deceptively simple, hook-laden tunes. This is perhaps best exemplified by lead single “Easy Come Easy Go,” the most upbeat and up-tempo song ever penned by Dekker, which explores finding a center to grasp amidst a chaotic and often temporary world. The title track talks of “a fire in the static, a whisper in the dark,” while “Changes With The Wind” finds the “wild in the wilderness.” “Ballad Of A Fisherman’s Wife” is a protest wrapped in an ode to the families affected by the BP oil spill on the gulf coast of Louisiana. In the sadly satisfying album closer “On The Water,” the lone passenger on a small boat amidst a raging storm says, “I thought of my maker, and what might be above / and the cabin in the woods that I had not yet built.”
◊ For a band whose storied location recordings in increasingly out-of-the-way places have brought their output to an almost mythical status, longtime Great Lake Swimmers producer Andy Magoffin was thrilled to be asked to capture the new album in a real studio. Magoffin recalls, “I finally got what I always wanted: Tony Dekker asked me to help his band make a record in a real studio. No extension cords, boat rides, generators, buzzing flies, squirrel noise, missing connectors, furnace cycles, motorcycles, faulty rentals, bad weather or bad headphone mixes to mess things up. We chose to work in Toronto at Revolution Recording, a brand new studio with brand new everything, except for the old stuff which is also brand new. We had access to a great many microphones, instruments, processors and people we would not normally have had the privilege of working with.”
◊ “We wanted to try something new, expand our horizons, and flex a bit of the creative muscle we’ve built up through years of touring,” says Dekker. “It came as a bit of a surprise how well we functioned as a band in that environment. We were able to focus completely on the songs, rather than the logistical obstacles of waiting for the boat to dock, or the rain to stop. The folks at Revolution felt like extended family and the studio itself is a real Toronto gem.”
◊ However, no Great Lake Swimmers album would be complete without at least one field recording. The song “The Great Exhale” was recorded in an abandoned Toronto subway station, down three long flights of stairs where Magoffin and the band had to wait until the wee hours of the morning for the trains to stop overhead before they could hit the record button.
“We set up a studio from scratch on the moist florescent-lit oil-coated subway platform of the unused Lower Bay Station. It was bleak. I could not tell if the recording was any good, because our playback system was nearly useless in the echoing, cavernous tunnel. When we finally listened to the results, we were amazed to hear how beautifully the song fit with the other album tracks,” says Magoffin. “Somehow, Great Lake Swimmers sound just like they should no matter what tools they're using or how far they get from civilization.”
◊ Dekker has spent the last decade entrancing listeners with his unforgettable voice and compelling songwriting. Great Lake Swimmers have long been a word-of-mouth favorite in their home country of Canada for whom critical mass was inevitable. They’ve been regarded as a national treasure by the CBC, with Lost Channels (2009) topping the charts at CBC Radio 3 and on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. In the U.S., Lost Channels debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was a favorite among influential bloggers and NPR staff. The band has received public endorsements by the likes of Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and cyclist Lance Armstrong. The latter two have both raved about the band on their personal websites; the former have handpicked the band to open shows and whole tours. Josh Groban has been known to open his show with a Great Lake Swimmers cover, and the band has shared the stage with such varied artists as Calexico, Sarah Harmer, Bela Fleck & The Sparrow Quartet, Hayden, Sloan, Goldfrapp, and Bill Callahan of Smog.
◊ With timeless melodies telling undiscovered stories, Great Lake Swimmers’ New Wild Everywhere maintains an acute respect for the folk tradition, while at the same time transforming it for new listeners everywhere.
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Lake-Swimmers/e/B00197K9K4/ref=ac_dpt_sa_bio ◊ Great Lake Swimmers playing at the Tsunami Club, Köln, Germany / 2007; © Author: Mascdman
Albums: Great Lake Swimmers, Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria BC
- Great Lake Swimmers (weewerk, 2003)
- Bodies and Minds (weewerk, 2005)
- Ongiara (Nettwerk, 2007)
- Lost Channels (Nettwerk, 2009)
- New Wild Everywhere (Nettwerk, 2012)
- Hands in Dirty Ground (weewerk, 2006)
- Live at the Church of the Redeemer (Nettwerk, 2007)
- The Legion Sessions (Nettwerk, 2009)
Miranda Mulholland Discography:
- Bob Egan, Alejandro Escovedo Benefit CD (2004) - fiddle/vocals
- The Glengarry Bhoys, Mill Sessions (2006) - fiddle/vocals
- The Mahones, Take No Prisoners (2006) - fiddle
- The Skye Consort, Courting Stories (2008) - vocals
- Justin Rutledge, Man Descending (2008) - violin
- NQ Arbuckle, XOK (2008) - fiddle
- Kevin Quain, Winter in Babylon (2008) - fiddle
- Sarah Slean, The Baroness (2008) - vocals
- Luther Wright, Man of Your Dreams (2008) - fiddle
- The Rattlesnake Choir, Live Music (2008) - fiddle/vocals
- The Roaring Girl Cabaret, In Last Night's Party Clothes (2008) - composer, vocals, violin
- Enter the Haggis, Gutter Anthems (2009) - vocals
- Celtic Blaze, Cast Album (2009) - fiddle/vocals
- Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle, Let's Just Stay Here (2009) - fiddle
- The Rattlesnake Choir, Walkin' the Wire(2011) - fiddle/vocals
- Great Lake Swimmers, New Wild Everywhere (2012) - fiddle/vocals
- Belle Starr, Belle Starr (2012) - fiddle/vocals
◊ Great Lake Swimmers performing at the Burlington Sound of Music festival. From left: Miranda Mulholland, Tony Dekker Greg Millson, Bret Higgins, Erik Arnesen; June 19, 2010 / Author: Tabercil
|Great Lake Swimmers — New Wild Everywhere (2012)|