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

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