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.