Calum Wood was asked by Visit Cairngorms to record music to accompany a route, and has just released new EP, She Wynds On, which is intended to be listened to whilst you encounter this new tourist spot.
Calum spoke with The Fountain about how this project came about.
TF: A new EP, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
It’s very cinematic and I’d say quite dramatic in parts. It’s all pretty Scottish sounding and it’s meant to accompany the scenery you’ll encounter when you drive the SnowRoads, which is a new tourist destination through the heart of the Cairngorms.
TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect to see you live soon?
I’m not touring the EP solo but I will be on tour with The Banana Sessions for three weeks in February and we’ll be playing the title track from the EP, She Wynds On. Dates are just about to be announced but we’ll be going the length and breadth of the UK.
TF: What made you title the EP She Wynds On?
It’s a reference to the Old Military Road which winds from Blairgowrie to Grantown-on-Spey. It’s such an amazing place and quite close to my heart having grown up not too far away. I’ve spent many sunny days jumping from the rocks by the Linn of Dee.
TF: How did the premise of the EP come about, this trek through the Cairngorms?
Well I was approached by Visit Cairngorms to create some music to accompany the route and a new mobile app they are creating for the road and I obviously jumped at the chance. It was great working with the other creatives involved in the project like Jen Green, the project manager, Sam Longmire at FortyTwo Studio who came up with the design concept and Dianne Stevenson of Northport studios who created the video content. I love having conversations with folk who aren’t necessarily musical but have a strong idea of what they would like to hear. It can sometimes feel like we’re all speaking different languages but I think it makes for some really cool ideas.
TF: Which is your favourite track?
Ah that’s a tricky one! I still like the song, She Wynds On, which is a good sign because I usually can’t listen to anything I’ve recorded for at least a year. But the last track on the EP which depicts the route from Tomintoul to Grantown-on-Spey is my favourite. I’m a sucker for repetition in music and this one circles and spins round quite a bit!