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

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