Stornoway are almost becoming the house band of this blog, and there’s a very simple reason for this; there’s something incredibly honest and wonderful about the group. From the clear warm vocals of singer Brain Briggs, to the bands simple but inspiring and romantic musicianship, the quality of the songs of Stornoway stands alone. It’s why we named them in our own One’s to Watch list at the end of last year.
Following two self released singles, Zorbing and Unfaithful, the band had a significant number of offers from record labels before they finally signed to 4AD. Choosing this label is a wise move, enabling them time to develop and maintain a good degree of independence. A while back we posted a live unplugged version of the new Stornoway single I Saw You Blink filmed in some Botanical Gardens near Oxford. Now they have released an official video for the song which is due to be released on the 22nd March (below), have covered Planet Telex by Radiohead for an Oxford artists recreation of The Bends entitled Round The Bends and have their own album Beachcomber’s Windowsill scheduled for the end of May. We have a strong suspicion that it’s going to be an album that worms its way into the hearts of many who hear it. Splendid.