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

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