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

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