Friday, October 25, 2013

Recording: The Mike Smith Company

Artist: The Mike Smith Company

Song: Famous Wildlife Movies 1

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), October 23, 2013.

The Mike Smith Company - Famous Wildlife Movies 1 [Part I]

The Mike Smith Company - Famous Wildlife Movies 1 [Part II]

Full review to follow. It's been just over a year since Mike Smith dissolved his "prog-Americana" group Muskox. As always, though, he's been busy — touring distant lands, playing some keybs, playing some bass, and working on some new compositions. He mustered a large group, nine members deep, to try a few of them out (for the record: Ali Berkok, piano; Jake Oelrichs, drums; Jamie Drake, percussion; D. Alex Meeks, percussion; Pete Johnston, electric bass; Jay Hay, bari sax + flute; Tom Richards, trombone; Jeremy Strachan, guit + flute) and there was plenty cool stuff over two sets. This long piece, suitable to soundtrack the nature clips of your choice, starts off like a lion resting in the shade before springing into action but ends like that time Shaft wrestled that crocodile.

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