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Stornoway - Zorbing
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Author:
lizbrown
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Published:
Sep 17, 2010
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Why do we like this?
Even though Stornoway is not a namesake for the band's origin, listening to their debut album Beachcomber's Windowsill could easily evoke images of that small seaside village in Scotland. Their sound is uplifting, soulful, and natural, further inspiring the notion that we could all mellow out from a stint in a port town and some good tunes.

While attending Oxford University, Brian Briggs (singer, guitarist, cellist, keyboardist) and Jon Ouin (singer, guitarist, bassist) began playing music together. Joined by Ollie Steadman (guitarist and bassist) and his brother Rob Steadman (drummer), the four formed Stornoway in 2006. Adam Briggs on trumpet and Rahul Satija on violin are often featured on the band's tracks.

They are a highly accomplished group on and off the stage - Briggs has a PhD in Ornithology and Ouin has a Masters in Russian literature - and they cook tunes with the help of over 100 instruments.

Folk influences, rich harmonies and romantic lyrics make it pretty easy to muse and flow through the album's 11 tracks. "Zorbing," the title track, bounces with the sound of fiddle and trumpet, "We Are The Battery Human" with banjo riffs, fiddles in "The Cardharbour Road" and kazoo on "Watching Birds."

The album concurrently energizes, softens and fills you up, like a good libation - so pour yourself a glass and enjoy.
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