Great Lake Swimmers Preview New Album
Great Lake Swimmers have set an April 3rd released date for their new album, New Wild Everywhere.
New Wild Everywhere will be their their fifth studio album and follow up to 2009's Juno and Polaris-nominated album Lost Channels. Lead single "Easy Come Easy Go" will be available January 17, 2012. But you can have a listen here.
Produced by longtime Great Lake Swimmers' collaborator Andy Magoffin, New Wild Everywhere marks the first time in the band's history that an album was recorded in a real studio (Toronto's Revolution Recording); past albums have been famously recorded in historic churches, castles, music venues and more.
"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," says Dekker. "It came as a bit of a surprise how well we functioned as a band in that [studio] 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."
Featuring the touring band from Lost Channels (long-time collaborator Erik Arnesen on banjo and guitar, along with new addition Miranda Mulholland contributing backing vocals and violin, Bret Higgins on upright bass, and Lost Channels drummer Greg Millson), New Wild Everywhere thematically picks up where the previous album left off, exploring transcendence in the natural world to describe the universal themes of love, mortality and escape.
Great Lake Swimmers will be touring extensively behind the release of New Wild Everywhere. A full tour announcement is expected in the coming weeks, but the band has already confirmed an initial round of Canadian and European tour dates, starting on Thursday, April 5 in Montreal; joining the band in North America is support act Cold Specks. See below for the full list of tour dates.