Admittedly, I've never been moved that much by the recorded work of Great Lake Swimmers. Their records are pretty enough, but they lack flair, and ultimately I didn't think it was that impressive. Their recent album has earned a fair amount of critical acclaim, but, honestly, I haven't been interested. But I downloaded their recent free five-song live EP anyway, and my first response was, "Wow! They found their flair!" The five songs found here have a depth and an atmosphere not found in their recorded work. Tony Dekker's voice sounds especially haunted and angelic in a live setting, and I have to admit I'm impressed. With the addition of a minimal band backing and the gorgeous use of pedal steel, Great Lake Swimmers makes up for its stylistic commonality by sounding downright moving live. My personal favorite is "Moving Pictures Silent Films," but the rest of the songs found here are just as good.
Listen To: Great Lake Swimmers: Live From The Church Of The Redeemer EP
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