Selected Press for Great Lake Swimmers’ Self-Titled

“Dekker squares the circle between Nick Drake, early Neil Young and Will Oldham” **** Uncut

“Beautiful bittersweet, drifting, late summer melancholia” **** Mojo

“Stark, yet appealing. This is a truly special record” ***** Classic Rock

“Great Lake Swimmers make wonderfully understated, heart-wrenching music. Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings, shaped by accordion and piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, with a voice that seems to come from the walls. This self-titled debut album, engineered by Victor Szabo, was recorded over several months in an abandoned grain silo in Southern Ontario. Its echoes of rural and urban landscapes include the ambient sounds of crickets and the Toronto subway. The record was issued by weewerk in March 2003, in Europe by Fargo Records in March 2004, and Misra in the USA in April 2005.”