Boomkat Product Review:
Firecracker really push the coracle out with this gorgeous, sprawling collection of folk songs and pastoral ambience gloved in exquisite packaging by House of Traps.
Conceived by Wounded Knee, Lord of the Isles, Other Lands, and House of Traps in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland, 'Mac Talla Nan Creag' is part heritage study, part whisky-sozzled travelogue; featuring the processed results of a road trip between Iron age forts, ruined brochs and sites of ancient rock art located around the mystic Scottish Highlands dear their mutual interests - and said to be one of the first places explored by our ancestors 10,000 years ago after the last ice age.
Running to 16 pieces ranging from somnolent drones thru reworked folk songs, chants and expansive ambient techno flush with myriad instrumentation - guitar, bouzouki, harmonium, harp, synths - it's a uniquely considered meeting of tradition and modern technology that's mercifully shy of the more cloying stereotypes connoted with folk and electronic music crossovers. It would have been nice to hear them incorporate some more elements from the field of archaeoacoustic research, but, as far as impressionistic, whisky-steeped sound trips of Scotland go, this is a real bewt.