Great Lake Swimmers just released their new LP, Live At The Redeemer 2007, via Bandcamp on May 7, 2021. Next, the album will also be released on vinyl double LP and on digital platforms via (weewerk). Live At The Redeemer 2007 was recorded right at the end of the band’s Canadian spring tour of 2007, just days before the group continued on to embark on a full European tour to support the newly released album Ongiara.
Great Lake Swimmers are now sharing a lyric video for the live performance of “I Became Awake,” the last song on Ongiara and the last song performed at the Church of the Redeemer.
“It has a dreamy, ethereal quality that was intensified by Bob Egan’s passionate pedal steel playing” says songwriter Tony Dekker. “It also features backing vocals by Basia Bulat and violin by Owen Pallett, and the seven-piece group on this song really transcends the sum of its parts. The acoustics of the church were also a major part of the sound on this track.”
Live At The Redeemer 2007 was originally recorded for a radio broadcast by producer and engineer Ron Skinner, with live sound mixed by Andy Magoffin, who also re-mixed and mastered the recording for this release. The album is notable not only for the grand acoustics of the church, but for the raw first impressions of songs that would become fan favourites, as well as notable guest appearances by Basia Bulat (backing vocals), Owen Pallett (violin), and Bob Egan (pedal steel) in addition to the band’s core lineup. The live set is comprised of songs from the first three Great Lake Swimmers albums; Self-titled (2003), Bodies And Minds (2005), and Ongiara (2007).
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