MXTS Preview 2011: Great Lake Swimmers
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 https://homeslicepizza.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/04-concrete-heart1.mp3%20
Track: Moving Pictures, Silent Films https://homeslicepizza.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/01-moving-pictures-silent-films.mp3%20
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Video: Your Rocky Spine, live