- 25 Feb 21
The track came as a response to a short animated sequence David Rooney had worked on, commissioned by the National Trust for Scotland’s Glencoe Visitor Centre.
Echotal was recorded near our home at the foot of the Sugarloaf in Co. Wicklow, and was produced, engineered and mastered by Torsten Kinsella of God Is An Astronaut.
Around the same time Rooney created the artwork for God Is An Astronaut’s latest release Ghost Tapes #10, the Echotal project was borne out of a need to explore the two strands of his creative world - visual art and music.
Rooney and Wilson have attempted to interweave both in the Echotal EP, a soundscape which mixes instrumental and lyric driven songs.
Echotal’s chief collaborator, multi-instrumentalist Jay Wison, has toured and arranged for James Vincent McMorrow and was part of the band that worked on Rooneys debut album Bound Together in 2017.
Other collaborators featured on the project include London-based cellist and composer Jo Quail, producer Ross Tones (AKA Throwing Snow) and Hannah Cartwright of Snow Ghosts.
"All of whom made contributions that further distilled what we were trying to do, while also managing to chart new territory for us the explore in the future. I am so grateful for the gift of their talents," Rooney said of the collaborators.
"The videos are a bridge between my visual and music worlds. I have been fortunate to work with Stone Soup and Ali Greene on this the first of four videos to accompany the EP," the visual artist adds.
"The ‘Glencoe’ track was co-written by Torsten Kinsella, Jay Wilson and myself. The Glencoe Visitor's Centre in Scotland kindly gave us permission to expand the animated sequence to a full length video. The other three videos are lining up in the wings, all very different created by wonderfully talented cinematographers, videographers and animators."
Check out the Echotal video premiere of 'Glencoe' today at 3pm below: