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

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