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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.   Mysteries Are Good For You
  7.   The Only Way Is Up
  8.   Boats and Trains
  9.   The Road You Didn't Take
  10.   Unfaithful
  11.   The Great Procrastinator
  12.   The Good Fish Guide
  13.   When You're Feeling Gentle
  14.   Here Comes The Blackout (4AD Session)
  15.   Night Drive
  16.   The Old Blind Man
  17.   Farewell Appalachia
  18.   Love Song of the Beta Male
  19.   Gondwanaland
  20.   Beachcomber's Windowsill
  21.   Long-Distance Lullaby
  22.   Watching Birds (4AD Session)
  23.   The End of the Movie
  24.   Lost Youth
  25.   The Bigger Picture
  26.   Waiting on the Clock
  27.   On The Rocks (4AD Session)
  28.   Heart of the Great Alone
  29.   On the Rocks
  30.   You Don't Know Anything
  31.   (A Belated) Invite to Eternity
  32.   Josephine
  33.   Knock Me on the Head
  34.   The Sixth Wave
  35.   Sing With Our Senses
  36.   You Take Me as I Am
  37.   Between the Saltmarsh and the Sea
  38.   Clockwatching
  39.   Man on Wire
  40.   Hook, Line, Sinker
  41.   When You Touch Down from Outer Space
  42.   The Ones We Hurt the Most
  43.   The Pupil Of Your Eye
  44.   We Were Giants
  45.   Here Comes the Blackout...!
  46.   Get Low
  47.   Fuel Up (4AD Session)
  48.   Fuel Up
  49.   Zorbing
  50.   The Coldharbour Road
  51.   Tumbling Bay

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