Anogeissus leiocarpa is a highly esteemed and respected holy tree, named ‘Siiga’, meaning ‘the soul’.
Growing gently from the haunting landscapes and enchanting seas of the islands, Richard Macintyre slowly emerged from the darkness of winter on the Isle of Skye, his home, a small island in the North Atlantic Sea off Scotland's dramatic and rugged North West Coast.
Working alone, recording through the night in a cupboard full of old coats, as the snow melted, Siiga remained, it’s roots bursting into life through his captivating, atmospheric song-writing, delicate artwork and transcendental videos.
From the painstakingly handmade, ethereal silhouette animation ‘Hollow Bones’, through dreamy home-made reels of sailing trips amongst layers of weaving porpoises, beyond vignettes of hazy forest woodlands, the transportive world of Siiga was innovatively crafted piece by piece, song by song over the seasons of the year.
Each step intimately documented through an engaging and personal online diary, his only communication to the outside world from the remote Scottish Herbrides.
Joined by his friend Iain Hutchison, Richard found a new home in Iain’s shimmering analogue studio where they gently breathed life into each of his carefully crafted home recordings to complete
‘The Sea and The Mirror’.
‘Beautiful things persevere and Siiga is testament to this…’