Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels (6/10)

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The brainchild of singer Tony Dekker, Toronto-based Great Lake Swimmers have been making their brand of indie folk rock since 2003, and Dekker is not about to upset any applecarts with this release. Opener Palmistry chimes along with jangly guitars and mandolin reminiscent of early R.E.M., while the intimate acoustic atmosphere and close harmonies of Everything Is Moving So Fast recall Sufjan Stevens.

Steven’s work and last year’s Bon Iver album make good reference points for the sound of this album. Ultimately, though, given the pedestrian song writing and production here, such comparisons flatter Great Lake Swimmers. In other words, very nice but a bit wet.

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