In 2012, Critical Heights released the Dead Rat Orchestra’s soundtrack to Mike Day’s The Guga Hunters of Ness. The film was commissioned by BBC Scotland and follows the men of Ness as they take part in the annual gannet hunt on the small, uninhabited island of Sula Sgeir. The soundtrack was recorded in the T.S. Colne Light – a 129-tonne steel lightship, moored at Colchester Hythe – and weaves strands of Hebridean melodies into field recordings from Ness, evoking the elemental starkness of the North Atlantic.
**** – Top ten movie soundtrack albums of 2012 – Mojo Magazine
“The album is one of the most moving and visionary pieces I’ve had the pleasure of hearing in a long time” – Folk Radio
“The Guga Hunters Of Ness is one of those great soundtrack affairs that transcends as well as complements its real-life and televisual connections” – DOA
“On The Guga Hunters of Ness, the three-piece strive to craft ambitious and spacious soundscapes that remain bracingly intimate, rarely failing to excite and soothe in equal measure… It’s hard not to feel like you’ve embarked on a lengthy journey with The Guga Hunters… They’ve created a stirring and magical sound world that’s well worth immersing yourself in.” – Middle Boop
“Out of melancholy and quiet horror, this soundtrack is actually a gentle triumph” – The Liminal