New Release: Great Lake Swimmers – Falling Apart / The Talking Wind

2018 marks the 15th anniversary of indie-folk-rock band Great Lake Swimmers. The group is led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker, who decided to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually and then tailoring the instrumentation to bring each song to life in its own distinctive way

For the first new song, The Talking Wind, this meant going minimal, scaled back to basics. He explains, “I had become somewhat disenchanted with the acoustic guitar, and thought it was appropriate for a song about the wind to be made up entirely of woodwinds and vocals. There’s a rhythmic, hypnotic quality to them. Lyrically, I think it argues that the elements and nature can sometimes be the finest sources of comfort and solace”

Falling Apart took a similar approach with Dekker paring it down to dreamy layers of harp, piano, and vocals and arranged a guest appearance from acclaimed harpist Mary Lattimore (Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, Sharon Van Etten)

Take a listen to both tracks, below…

Both tracks were co-produced by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, The Wooden Sky, Elliot Brood), and the lush acoustics of the historical 144 year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario lend the songs its dreamy-like, atmospheric touch

Stay tuned for more new music from Great Lake Swimmers in 2018