Based on the bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon, “Outlander” has already become a flagship drama for Starz after only half a season. Before the next batch of new episodes kicks off in April, the show is giving fans a reason to celebrate with a soundtrack compilation album titled “‘Outlander’ Original Television Soundtrack, Vol. 1.”
The “Outlander” series follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. While the gorgeous Scottish settings help transport audiences into the past alongside Claire, it’s also the secular and original score by Emmy-winner Bear McCreary (“The Walking Dead,” “Da Vinci’s Demons”) that allows the show to be such an immersive and lush adventure.
“From the beginning, I wanted to draw predominantly from Scottish instrumentation and folk music,” McCreary explains. “Instruments such as the fiddle, bagpipes, accordion, penny whistle and bodhrán (a type of frame drum) form the backbone of the score, supported by orchestral strings, haunting vocals and larger percussion. The show has given me the opportunity to write the kind of score I have been dreaming about for my entire life.”
The album was produced in collaboration with McCreary’s Sparks & Shadows label and features standout tracks from the series, including the main title theme, “The Skye Boat Song,” performed by Raya Yarbrough. Indiewire is excited to share an exclusive song from the compilation below.
“‘Outlander’ Original Television Soundtrack, Vol. 1.” is now available in digital and CD formats. The second half of Season One beings April 4 on Starz. Listen to “Comin’ Thro’ The Rye”: