MXTS Preview 2011: Great Lake Swimmers

Posted in Music and other Arts by Tara Bouley on February 16, 2011

I’ll admit it: sad music makes me happy.  One time, over a decade ago in fact, I drove 45 minutes from home to the Newbury Comics in Shrewsbury, MA. I strode in and asked the first person I could find, “what’s the saddest record you carry?”  The girl who helped me did not hesitate with her recommendation and I left with Red House Painters’ first eponymous album – the cover a sepia tone image of a lonely, abandoned roller coaster.  But if I walked into that record store today and asked the same question, I probably would’ve instead left with a Great Lake Swimmers album.

In fact, for years the achingly beautiful songs of Great Lake Swimmers have been the soundtrack to my secret heart for years.  Over the course of 4 full length records and numerous EPs released since 2003, they have fine tuned their sound with a melancholia that is as arresting as it is intoxicating.  These Canadian gentleman won 2010’s Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group at the Canadian Indie Awards and are probably the only band who could make a gorgeously moving song from the point of view of a hibernating bear. Respect.

Great Lake Swimmers are preforming at Music by the Slice Thursday, March 17th at 5:15 PM.

Track: Concrete Heart

Track: Moving Pictures, Silent Films

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Video: Your Rocky Spine, live


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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Sophia Lawson, Home Slice Pizza!. Home Slice Pizza! said: We'd like to welcome @greatlakeswim to the #mxts2011 line up! […]

  2. […] Telekinesis, Wye Oak, Times New Viking) to rootsy (The Cave Singers, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Great Lake Swimmers) to just plain quirky (Kimya Dawson, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down), and of course a healthy […]

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