Muskox really are (or alas, as it happens, have been) hard to label. Acoustic jazz/prog, folk, classical/minimal. Due to the composition/arrangement skills of leader Mike Smith, all these different ingredients - and unusual combination of instruments - work very well together!
Favorite track: The Wren.
Ali Berkok: electric piano
Jamie Drake: vibraphone, marimba, xylophone
Matthew "Doc" Dunn: pedal steel guitar
Pete Johnston: double bass
Mark Laver: alto saxophone
Mike Smith: banjo, harmonium, guitars
Recorded by Mike Smith at home, Toronto, Winter 2008
Mastered by Jeff Nichols
Most jazz fusion bands rely a bit too heavily on speed and complexity, but Indonesia's simakDialog hits it home equally with a much more laidback tone that comes across as both relaxing and sophisticated. Thatcher Dickason