The Great Lake Swimmers have ploughed a similar vein with each new release, beefing up their sound each time. Haunting, acoustic numbers; simple but catchy tunes.
The new album, `New Wild Everywhere' aims to expand their sound further, with more instrumentation and a warmer reverb. It works in places, with many more upbeat numbers. - in other places some songs become slightly bland and formulaic. Musicianship is excellent throughout and fans will be happy enough with this release. The first track `Think that you might be wrong' is pleasant, with sweeping strings and harmony. The title track, beefed out with drums, is jaunty, upbeat. Banjos and violin drive `Ballad of a Fisherman's Wife'.
The rest of the album drifts by - thoughtful compositions, banjo, bass, cello, accordion and strings contributing towards a sweet, late night summer sound.
GLS have expanded their sound on this album. Indeed live, these songs may take on new life. They're certainly foot stomping, clappy tunes to please some and fans will be pleased with the `bonus disc' of extra material. At times, the quieter songs, such as the closer `On the water' capture their beautiful, delicate sound perfectly. Whilst I can't revel in this release, it will doubtless grow on me and form part of a pleasing soundtrack to the summer.