Great Lake Swimmers will release their new EP, Swimming Away, on March 25, 2016 via Nettwerk. The four song digital EP includes two covers, a Tom Waits classic, “Innocent When You Dream” and the aching PJ Harvey song “The Desperate Kingdom Of Love.” It also features two new songs, the starkly beautiful “Condition White,” which was commissioned for the series Torn From The Pages and is based on the novel Sleep by Nino Ricci, and finally the hypnotic title track “Swimming Away,” which is an unreleased outtake from latest album A Forest Of Arms.

Tony Dekker had this to say about the new ep: “Swimming Away” is an outtake we were working on for A Forest Of Arms. I think it stands alone as a departure from the sound of that record, and we wanted to showcase it here in the context of an EP. It has a fleeting, ephemeral feel, and digs in sort of hard on the harmonica and layered vocals. To complement it and to make a little suite of songs, I’ve added a track written for the Torn From The Pages author series in Toronto (conceived and hosted by Dave Bidini) called “Condition White,” based on author Nino Ricci’s intense new novel, “Sleep.” It was recorded in New Orleans. “Innocent When You Dream” is a cover of a Tom Waits classic that has been in our live set for many years, and this is our attempt to interpret this beautiful song. Lastly, “The Desperate Kingdom of Love” is one of my favorites from PJ Harvey. It stabs me in the heart, and feels appropriate here in this little collection of songs.”


Swimming Away EP cover

In the coming weeks, Great Lake Swimmers will hit the road for several dates in Newfoundland and Labrador, in collaboration with Arts & Culture Centres and co-headlining with Elliott Brood. As well, the band has announced an in-store at Fred’s Records in St. John’s on March 30. A full list of dates can be found below.

Stay tuned for more information on Great Lake Swimmers in the coming weeks.

Great Lake Swimmers Newfoundland & Labrador Tour Dates:
* co-headlining w/ Elliott Brood

March 30 – St. John’s, NL @ Fred’s Records (IN-STORE)
March 31 – Gander, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 1 – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 2 – Stephenville, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 3 – Corner Brook, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 5 – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 6 – Labrador City, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 7 – St. John’s, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
May 13 – Port Colborne, ON @ Lakeshore Catholic High School
August 19 – Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival
August 20 – Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival
August 21 – Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival