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Available on Double 12” LP or CD from Firecracker recordings. Double LP limited to 300 copies with screen print and full colour booklet. Artists include Lord of the Isles, Other Lands, House of Traps. Firecracker work with the Scottish Forestry Commission to create a collection of tracks based around various sites of archaeological importance in scotland, merging modern and traditional with field sampling to capture the feeling and perhaps purpose of these places.

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Mac-talla Nan Creag by Various
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11 people love this record. Be the 12th!
9/10 Robin Staff review, 09 July 2015

Here’s one of those valiant efforts to strike futurism into the heart of traditionalism, taking artificed synthesizer music and placing it alongside the purest sounds of nature our local ecosystems can afford. Released alongside a booklet of artwork that points to the beauty and surreality of Scottish landscape archeology, ‘Mac-talla Nan Creag’ is a compilation of music that both relates to nature and wades through its complexities.

Tracks come from Lord of the Isles, Other Lands and House of Traps, but ‘Mac-talla Nan Creag’ seems to make its artists anonymous in favour of an open world bleed of sound. A gulping kosmische synth rumble gives way to a gorgeous track that blends accordion drone, metallic acoustic strums and an exuberant, rhythmic synthline, bringing to mind Woo, Natural Snow Buildings and Jerusalem In My Heart all in one breath, all the while homaging the nature of our isle’s highland. The record’s myriad of sounds and locations makes it feel unbelievably compelling, switching between these long-form tracks and modest compositions based around subdued acoustic percussion and a pretty guitar riff.

There’s a lot to take in here, and while strands of psychedelia often envelop the record, as on a sturdy, side-long jam of swirling repetitious synth, there’s also a real attempt at making these sounds feel organic, or at least tied to the physical realm. It’s a fascinating record that occasionally uses field recordings as its jumping off point but mostly wants to transpose nature into new music. And who doesn’t love new music? I love new music. I love this. Enjoy density.


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