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

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