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First Play: The Hidden Cameras, Home on Native Land

Judith Lynch

Joel Gibb has a history of collecting musicians. His first release under the name the Hidden Cameras was Ecce Homo, which Gibb wrote and recorded on his own and then gathered a group of musicians to performit in as many different venues as he could find. The band continued to grow — at one point reaching 13 members — and the Hidden Cameras rolled out albums like The Smell of Our Own, Misssissauga Goddamn, Origin: Orphan, Awoo and Age.

Gibb is at it again, adding to his collection with Home on Native Land, a record almost 10 years in the making that features performances by Mary Margaret O'Hara, Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Neil Tennant, Bahamas and Ron Sexsmith.

"The album is a return to my homeland, after a few years spent living in Berlin. Home on Native Land is an inquisitive ode to Canada; what with the title being a slight grammatical alteration of the first line of the national anthem, I see the album as a return to Canadian soil both philosophically and physically. There's also some great covers of standards in there as well as brand new songs," Gibb told The Line of Best Fit.

Home on Native Land will be released Oct. 28 via Outside Music. You can pre-order the album here.