I Am with the Hunters (2009)
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 Munnik 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.
Recorded by Dave Draves and Jarrett Bartlett at Little Bullhorn Studios in Ottawa, Canada, the album features Jasen Colson on drums, Neil Gerster on bass, Ira Pelletier on mandolin, Mario Vaira on guitar, and other friends. For “The Farthest Shore”, Munnik reunited members of Ottawa roots-pop combo Hennessey with Pamela Brennan on background vocals and Michel Pariseau on bass.
Long Shadows in the Afternoon (2006)
Munnik’s first EP has a folk heart with various textures added on. From country to gospel to grunge, the core remains the acoustic guitar and Munnik’s voice and words. He invited a few friends to fill out the sound: Darrell O’Dea on guitar, Jon McLeod 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 behind the board.