Call of the Last Wildcat (single)

by Maaike Siegerist

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All sales income will be donated to Saving Wildcats, an official charity that breeds wildcats for release into the wild.

Written while I was visiting the Cairngorms, 'Call of the Last Wildcat' is a musical portrait of the beautiful and fierce Scottish Wildcat, an animal on the brink of extinction. Wildcats used to live all over Great Britain, but now very few remain in forests in the Scottish Highlands.

Combining musical inspiration from Maggie Reilly's collaborations with Mike Oldfield, and gothic metal ballads by Within Temptation and Nightwish, the track features guest musicians from Bristol, Bath and the Netherlands, including drummer Ivar de Graaf of the band Kingfisher Sky, and lead guitarist Bas Willemsen of Alarion.

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Where ancient whales lie fast asleep
Under blankets of green trees
Where water rolls from snowy peaks
Like thousands of years before
A creature moves almost unseen
She waits for the sun to set
Hear the call of the last wildcat

Her green eyes stare patiently
Her fur blends with the bark of trees
This is who she’s born to be
She doesn’t make a sound
She jumps out from her hiding place
Feathers in a trap
It’s the call of the last wildcat

For many moons, she ran alone
Along the slopes of crumbling stone
Fleeing from her mother’s home
A disappearing forest
She’s looking for one like herself
But not a trace, so she cries out
Hear the call of the last wildcat

Where ancient whales lie fast asleep
Under blankets of green trees
Where water rolls from snowy peaks
Like centuries before
It’s been years since she was seen
Or we even found her tracks
But I swear you can sometimes hear
After the sun has set:
The call of the last wildcat

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released May 21, 2021
Vocals, acoustic guitar: Maaike Siegerist
Piano: Susanna Downes
Lead guitar: Bas Willemsen
Bass, synth: Jonni Slater
Drums: Ivar de Graaf

Mixed by Jonni Slater
Mastered by Nick Cooke
Written and produced by Maaike Siegerist

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Maaike Siegerist Bristol, UK

From the Netherlands but based in Bristol, Maaike Siegerist combines inspiration from Maggie Reilly's folk rock collaborations with Mike Oldfield, and the dark fairy-tale atmosphere of gothic metal ballads by Within Temptation. Her new single 'Call of the Last Wildcat' is a portrait of the beautiful and fierce Scottish Wildcat, a UK species on the brink of extinction. ... more

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