Stornoway to Release New Mini-Album 11/12
Stornoway is set to release their second collection of tracks in 2013 in the way of a Mini-Album entitled You Don't Know Anything. The tracks on the Mini-Album aren't leftovers or B-Sides but tracks the band wanted to include on their release from earlier this year, Tales From Terra Firma but felt they deserved their own showcase. Vocalist, Brian Biggs explains:
"This record is a collection of songs from the farther extremes of our song writing and arranging spectrum. You might spot the influence of artists as wide-ranging as the Flaming Lips, Ray Charles, The Specials, Tom Waits, Gorillaz, Juluka, Beck, Teenage Fanclub...They are songs which we are very proud of, and which we dearly wanted to include on our latest albumTales From Terra Firma, but which didn't quite fit in with the mood or 'journey' of that collection. They are more collaborative than our previous releases - with most of the songs being co-writes, and for the first time they feature some Steadman song-writing."
The songs on this release You Don't Know Anything come from the outer reaches of a band exploring their powers. Looking back over the career of fellow Oxford men, Radiohead, you could hear their musical muscles grow between each release and in the case of Stornoway and You Don't Know Anything, this record is like an OS map to their creative process. The band are beginning to forge a reputation for being painstaking when recording, demo-ing, exploring and the songs on YDKA are the yield of many hours spent experimenting in the lab that is Stornostudios.
The concentration put into each release means that fans of Stornoway have come to realise that there may be a lot of time between releases. Happily You Don't Know Anything provides a pit stop between albums. The songs on it also demonstrate that they share DNA with tracks from the previousStornoway albums.
Stornoway lit up 2010 with their thrilling debut Beachcomber?s Windowsill, the culmination of a five- year journey which had its starting point in a Freshmen week meeting at Oxford University between Brian Briggs and the band?s arranger and multi-instrumentalist Jon Ouin. Hailed from the rooftops for its melodic magnificence and imaginative arrangements, the album reached the Top 15 and the band rode the wave around the world.