With these ideas more rounded we sat down with Andy Bush and managed to whittle these down to 9 songs that would form the album. What struck me at this point was the ease at which we managed to choose the best songs. Throughout the recording of the album, the 3 of us have seemed to be on the same page. The process has gone as smoothly as we could have hoped for in that regard. The core of the album has been recorded in Andy Bush’s home studio in Glasgow, but elements of the songs have been recorded all across Scotland.
We’ve braved the wind, rain and a broken toe to collect field recordings, and photographs on Coll. We’ve rushed home from work to record guitar parts in Edinburgh. In Gauldry, after a spot of DIY, we recorded brass, piano and arranged string parts. While in Sanna, with festive hangovers, we somehow managed to record additional cornet parts. Now that we have finished recording our thoughts have turned to the release of the album.
Having put so much work in this is the point where anxiety creeps in. I’m always hopeful we can gather some interest and find the record a good home to release it on, who knows. The next steps are unknown for now.