Stornoway  - Beachcomber's Windowsill

Beachcomber's Windowsill by Stornoway

10 August 2010

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First 100 pre-orders will include a bonus 7"LP contains a coupon for a digitial download of the entire albumNewly signed 4AD band, Stornoway, are set to release Beachcomber’s Windowsill on August 10.  The album has taken more than five years to make; a labor of love that includes over a hundred different instruments, the chimes of a Dutch church bell, one Morse Code message and the sound of several carrots being chopped. It is an album that features as many bedrooms as there are songs, as well as ruminations on the computer age, ornithology and first love. There is something about Stornoway that inspires a feverish devotion; an adoration conjured by the charm of their songs, and the kind of rousing live performances that are capable of stirring even the most skeptical hearts. Their self-promoted shows in their hometown of Oxford, England grew to the extent that last year they sold out the 800 capacity Sheldonian Theatre while still basically unknown outside the city.  In the last 12 months alone they have acquired the support of UK’s Radio 1, wooed the crowds at Glastonbury,  played a sold-out UK tour and appeared on Later… With Jools Holland. From the opening zip-thunk of “Zorbing” to the final sweet lurch of “Long-Distance Lullaby”, via the plaintive call of “Boats and Trains”, Beachcomber’s Windowsill is 11 of the most pure and perfect pop songs that mark out Stornoway as Britain’s most talented young band.