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Stornoway - Tales From Terra Firma (2024 Reissue)
Stornoway: 'Tales From Terra Firma (2024 Reissue)'
19th January 2024

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Stornoway - Tales From Terra Firma (2024 Reissue)

Stornoway are the indie-folk quartet formed by Oxford University students Brian Briggs (vocals, guitar) and multi-instrumentalist Jon Ouin, and later joined by South African brothers Rob (drums) and Oli Steadman (bass). Having honed their sound as a DIY guitar band unusually rooted in folk tradition, putting out a series of word-of-mouth EP’s before finally signing to 4AD, Stornoway released Beachcomber’s Windowsill in May 2010, a thrilling debut album that gained wide-spread critical acclaim for its powerful melodies and emotional depth. Featuring singles ‘Watching Birds’, ‘I Saw You Blink’ and ‘Zorbing’, it quickly gained Silver status in the UK.

Tales From Terra Firma followed in March 2013, a more ambitious, complex and imaginative body of work that explored ideas of birth, death, marriage and coming of age. Written by Briggs in his ‘adventure capsule’ campervan in urban Oxford, they recorded in locations across the city before producing it themselves in their garage studio ‘Stornostudios’, with help from mix engineer George Shilling (having loved his work with Teenage Fanclub). Hailed for its intimacy, charm and resistance to outside influences, Stornoway’s second album was as unique and special as their first.