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Great Lake Swimmers

Rating: 9/10 ?

August 28, 2007
The sun sets a little sooner these days, signaling that summer is coming to an end. Not quite autumn, it is still warm enough to enjoy the evenings while sitting on the stoop in just a t-shirt. Hours are spent watching the flash of lighting from the far off storm that hovers as a single black mass on the horizon. Even better to put Ongiara on the stereo and pass the idle time with some good friends and a few beers.

Great Lake Swimmers are criminally overlooked. They've already created two albums full of winsome longing and beautiful sorrow and Ongiara, their third, is no different. Fine tuning their particular brand of sparse, folk-tinged melancholy, their newest album has an affecting way of recalling lost loves and simpler times. It is easy to get lost in singer Tony Dekker's ethereal voice backed up by the band's tender finger picking and reassuring percussion.

If there is any justice in the independent music industry, this little band from Canada will be recognized for the gorgeous music they continue to release. Not relying on hype or shtick, Great Lake Swimmers deserve to be acknowledged for quality songwriting and their plaintive, haunting melodies. They're one of the only bands I know of that can bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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