Great Lake Swimmers "The Great Bear"

Great Lake Swimmers 'The Great Bear'
When Great Lake Swimmers announced their album A Forest of Arms, frontman Tony Dekker cited a trip to BC's Great Bear as an inspiration. Now the folksy Toronto band have shared an album cut called fittingly enough "The Great Bear."

The song is a low-key ballad, consisting almost entirely of sustained piano chords and rusting drums. There are a few chiming guitars and a warm cloak of reverb as Dekker sings of "the call of the wind," "great green pathways" and "avian songs." The phrase "a forest of arms" comes from this set of lyrics.

Hear the premiere of the tune below.

A Forest of Arms will arrive on April 21 through Nettwerk Records. As previously reported, the band have a series of Canadian tour dates coming up, and you can see those below.

Tour dates:

04/15 London, ON - Aeolian Performing Arts
04/16 London, ON - Aeolian Performing Arts
04/17 Wakefield, QC - The Blacksheep Inn
04/18 Wakefield, QC - The Blacksheep Inn
04/23 Toronto, ON - The Randolph Theatre
04/24 Toronto, ON - The Randolph Theatre
04/29 Burlington VT - Signal Kitchen
04/30 Northampton MA - The Parlour
05/01 Portsmouth NH - The Music Hall
05/02 Boston MA - The Sinclair
05/04 Brooklyn NY - The Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/06 Philadelphia PA - Johnny Brenda's
05/07 Washington DC - Rock n' Roll Hotel
05/08 Carrboro NC - The Arts Centre
05/09 Asheville NC - The Grey Eagle
05/10 Louisville KY - Zanzabar
05/12 Indianapolis IN - The Hi-Fi
05/13 Newport KY - The Southgate House Revival
05/14 Cleveland OH - Beachland Tavern
05/15 Detroit MI - The Majestic Lounge
05/16 Buffalo NY - Tralf Music Hall
05/22 Sault Ste. Marie ON - Loplops
05/23 Thunder Bay ON - Crocks *
05/25 Winnipeg MB - West End Cultural Centre *
05/26 Regina SK - The Exchange *
05/27 Saskatoon SK - Broadway Theatre *
05/29 Edmonton AB - Royal Albert Museum Theatre *
05/30 Calgary AB - Central United Church *
05/31 Cranbrook BC - The Key City Theatre *
06/01 Nelson BC - Civic Theatre *
06/03 Victoria BC - Alix Goolden Hall *
06/04 Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre *

* with the Weather Station