The experimental project, which features Lord Of The Isles, is back three years after their first LP.
Mac-Talla Nan Creag is an experimental group comprising Lord Of The Isles, Hoch Ma Toch (AKA Wounded Knee) and Other Lands that uses field recordings, traditional instruments, analog electronic gear and the human voice. The project first appeared on Firecracker three years ago with a self-titled album that grew out of a trip funded by the Scottish Forestry Commission which the artists took with label boss Lindsay Todd (House Of Traps) to explore Iron Age structures in the country's highlands.
The Sorrow Of Derdriu has similar roots, with the group drawing inspiration from the Dun Deardail fort in Glen Nevis and its links to an ancient myth about the tragic heroine Derdriu. While the first album featured a looser, more "whisky-fueled" approach, this one is said to be "perhaps more focused in its themes relating to the ancient tale—love, war, beauty and tragedy all intertwined."
It includes contributions from Professor John Kenny and Other Lands' daughter Eva Sutherland, and the vinyl and CD editions, featuring the label's usual deluxe treatment (with silk-screened artwork), will come with a booklet highlighting the Forestry Commission's work at Dun Deardail.
Read Resident Advisor's 2016 label of the month profile on Firecracker, and listen back to a track from the 2015 Mac-Talla Nan Creag album.
A1 Derdriu's Vision
A2 Love's Promise
A3 Rose & Briar
B1 Ballad Of Glen Nevis
C1 Into Battle
C3 Sketches Of Spean
C4 Leaving Dun Deardail
D1 Lament For The Sons Of Uisliu
D2 Time's Healing
Firecracker Recordings will release The Sorrow Of Derdriu in late August 2018.