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The folky indie pop band Stornoway take their name from a town in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, but the group hails from Oxford, England. Singer/guitarist Brian Briggs, keyboardist/string player Jonathan Ouin, and bassist Ollie Steadman and drummer Rob Steadman (a pair of brothers from South Africa) formed the band while they were attending Oxford University; the well-studied band includes an ornithologist and a Russian translator among its ranks. The band debuted its jangly, largely acoustic sound -- which has drawn comparisons to James, Belle & Sebastian, and XTC -- with a self-titled EP that included the song "Zorbing," which was inspired by and named after the sport of rolling down a hill in a transparent sphere. Another early single was 2007's "The Good Fish Guide," a musical list of which fish are plentiful to eat and which are endangered; its profits went to the Marine Conservation Society. Stornoway continued to refine their sound and had a breakthrough in 2009: they headlined the BBC Introducing stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend that May and officially released "Zorbing," which included Briggs' brother Adam on trumpet, as a single that July. That summer, they also played festivals including Glastonbury, and wrote a tour journal for The Daily Telegraph. Their second single, "Unfaithful," which featured violin courtesy of touring member Rahul Satija, arrived that September, a month before Stornoway's first headlining tour of the U.K. The band closed out the year by making the longlist for the BBC's Sounds of 2010 poll. Stornoway's sophomore outing, Tales from Terra Firma, arrived in March 2013. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   We Are the Battery Human
  3.   November Song
  4.   I Saw You Blink
  5.   Watching Birds
  6.   When You Touch Down from Outer Space
  7.   Josephine
  8.   Unfaithful
  9.   Watching Birds (4AD Session)
  10.   Hook, Line, Sinker
  11.   The Coldharbour Road
  12.   Sing With Our Senses
  13.   You Don't Know Anything
  14.   Farewell Appalachia
  15.   The Sixth Wave
  16.   Mysteries Are Good For You
  17.   The Ones We Hurt the Most
  18.   The Pupil Of Your Eye
  19.   The Old Blind Man
  20.   The End of the Movie
  21.   Eibhlín a Riún
  22.   The Only Way Is Up
  23.   Man on Wire
  24.   Fuel Up
  25.   Knock Me on the Head
  26.   Here Comes the Blackout...!
  27.   Waiting on the Clock
  28.   Tumbling Bay
  29.   The Road You Didn't Take
  30.   Zorbing
  31.   We Were Giants
  32.   Long-Distance Lullaby
  33.   The Great Procrastinator
  34.   Lost Youth
  35.   Heart of the Great Alone
  36.   The Good Fish Guide
  37.   Between the Saltmarsh and the Sea
  38.   Here Comes The Blackout (4AD Session)
  39.   Clockwatching
  40.   Love Song of the Beta Male
  41.   The Bigger Picture
  42.   Get Low
  43.   Beachcomber's Windowsill
  44.   When You're Feeling Gentle
  45.   Boats and Trains
  46.   On the Rocks
  47.   Fuel Up (4AD Session)
  48.   On The Rocks (4AD Session)
  49.   Night Drive
  50.   Gondwanaland
  51.   You Take Me as I Am
  52.   (A Belated) Invite to Eternity

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