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

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