Mike Smith returns with a large group that brings together the delightfully wobbly synthesizer noodling of Transcombobulation with the intricate, multi-layered compositions of his former band Muskox. Enlisting an impressive crew of far out musicians from Toronto and beyond, Famous Wildlife Movies demonstrates Smith’s characteristic stylistic infidelity, warped rhythmic playfulness, and irreverently anachronistic aural appetite.
released October 28, 2016
Ali Berkok ~ electric piano
Lisa Conway ~ Rhythm 55
Jay Hay ~ tenor sax, bass clarinet
Blake Howard ~ conga, bass drum, shaker
D. Alex Meeks ~ drum kit
Karen Ng ~ alto sax, clarinet
Jake Oelrichs ~ timbales
Mika Posen ~ violin
Heather Saumer ~ trombone
Matt Valentine ~ Fairyland guitar solo
Mike Smith ~ electric bass, bells, synth, pianet, clavinet, farfisa, fake Rocksichord, guitars, flute, artificial bassoon.
Special thanks to Ali Berkok, phantom piano guide throughout.
Recorded Summer 2015 at 6 Nassau by Sandro Perri and throughout 2016 at All Set Coin Recording by Mike Smith
Additional recording by Lisa Conway at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound
Mika Posen at The Snake Pit, and Matt Valentine at Maximum Arousal Farm.
Mixed by Mike Smith, Mastered by Sandro Perri