Running Time:

65 min

Release Date:

March 2014

Recording Location:

Lake Warren, Cape Breton National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Les Suetes

by Mark Brennan

Les Suetes is the song of the wind over the Northern forests.

This album is an uninterrupted soundscape, featuring the high winds that blow across the boreal plateau of the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Recorded in a sheltered old growth Acadian Forest, near Warren Lake in June, when the forests are alive with nesting tropical migrant birds who spend their summers in the North.

The album has a rich texture that evokes space and relaxation, as we listen to the many elements of the soundscape including the early morning wind, the birds of the ‘bottom lands’ and the surrounding forests.

Audio sample of this album


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher



The First Gusts



Northern Waterthrush



Wind in the Maples



The Wood Warblers



Black-capped Chickadees






Mergansers Leave the Nest



Acadian Forest Ambience



Blue-headed Vireo



The Wood Warblers II



Wind from the Plateau


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