Today’s “Featured Artist and Song of the Day” showcases Toronto, Ontario’s own, Great Lake Swimmers, with their song, “New Wild Everywhere,” the title track of the album, which was recently released through Nettwerk Productions. The album is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album, Lost Channels, which was released in 2009. This is the band’s fifth album and boasts 12 incredible tracks. The band is led by singer/songwriter, Tony Dekker, with Erik Arnesen (banjo, guitar), Miranda Mulholland (violin, backing vocals), Bret Higgins (upright bass), and Greg Millson (drums).
The Great Lake Swimmers have always recorded their albums outside of a studio, but New Wild Everywhere was done in a recording studio, much to the delight of producer, Andy Magoffin, who said, “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.”
Dekker commented on recording in the studio 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. 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.”
They did, however, record one song in an unusual place as they headed to an abandoned subway station to record, “The Great Exhale,” which kept to their roots.
New Wild Everywhere is one of the best albums of 2012, and adds to their storied musical journey. They will be one to continue to follow as they take on the troubadour’s road.
For updates, tour dates, and other news click on their website, you can get their music on iTunes, and follow them on their Facebook Page. Here is the Great Lake Swimmers, with their song, “New Wild Everywhere,” enjoy,