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

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