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With April 4 still two long months away, and the newness of that Season 1.5 trailer worn off, we're pretty sure fans of Starz's wildly popular Highlanders-and-hankypanky series are in need of a fresh method to survive the Droughtlander. Yahoo TV's first look, err, listen to a classical cut from the upcoming soundtrack will be music to their ears.
While the Outlander Original Television Soundtrack Vol. 1 does not come out until Feb. 10, "Castle Leoch," one of 13 compositions created by Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, DaVinci's Demons) for the first eight episodes of the show, can be listened to in full below.
"Besides the main title, 'Castle Leoch' marks the first time I incorporated traditional folk music directly into the narrative score," McCreary tells Yahoo TV via email. "The track opens with a heartfelt rendition of 'Loch Lomond' and transitions to a viola da gamba playing 'Bonny Katherine Ogie.' [It is] arranged with a distinctly regal style to capture the feeling of Colum's court. I felt these tunes, songs that people of this era actually knew and sang, helped ground the story authentically."
The album also features "The Skye Boat Song" and "Dance of the Druids," both of which showcase haunting vocals by Raya Yarbrough, as well as the wedding music and "The Woman of Balnain," a collaboration with Gillebride MacMillan. Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, who worked with McCreary on Battlestar Galactica, hired the musician for Outlander because he had a passion for the folk music of Jacobean Scotland that predated this project. "When I first learned to drive, I was blasting bagpipes from my car speakers," McCreary has said. "I was awestruck by their ability to communicate tales of tragedy and triumph through lyrics with double meaning woven along deceptively simple melodic lines and evocative harmonic progressions. From the beginning, I wanted to draw predominantly from Scottish instrumentation and folk music. Instruments such as the fiddle, bagpipes, accordion, penny whistle, and bodhrán [a type of frame drum] form the backbone of the score."
Season 1 of Outlander resumes April 4 on Starz.