I Am with the Hunters features Michael's intimate and perceptive songwriting, combined with a diverse range of instruments and full accompaniment.
The album title comes from a poem by Leonard Cohen, from his 1964 collection Flowers for Hitler. This collection was written before Cohen began setting his poems to music - before "Suzanne" and everything after. When Michael read the poem "On Hearing a Name Long Unspoken", he was moved by the lyricism and how singable the lines were. In an act of pure cheek, he set the verses to music and sent it to Leonard Cohen for his blessing, his co-operation, and of course his permission. The result captures the power of Cohen's poetry and images with a wholly new musical style. Those familiar with Cohen's music may be surprised at the sound, but when they hear the words, it will all become clear.
I Am with the Hunters was recorded in
first EP has a folk heart with various textures added on. From
country to gospel to grunge, the core remains the acoustic
guitar and Michael's voice and words. He invited a few friends
to fill out the sound: Darrell O'Dea (Bob Egan, Renann,
Staggered Crossing) on guitar, Jon McLeod (Design of Cities,
Crank) on bass, Darlene McLeod on vocals and Peter Rombeek on
violin and cello. The album was recorded in early spring of
2006 at Bova
Sound, with Phillip Victor Bova (Hilotrons, David
Wiffen, Clark the Band) behind the board.