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Album Review

Released in 2013, Tales from Terra Firma found English pop confectioners Stornoway expanding on their already ample blend of Merseybeat-informed indie pop and overcast, pastoral folk by integrating elements of psych-tinged art rock into the mix. Arriving just several months later, the six-track EP You Don't Know Anything goes even further in charting the Oxford-based quartet's journey from doe-eyed romantics to unpredictable, quirk-pop spell-casters, offering up a sextet of songs that didn't quite fit in with the nine that found permanence on their sophomore outing. Richly detailed and delivered with gusto, kaleidoscopic mini-epics like "When You Touch Down from Outer Space," a glitchy wonder of shimmering synths and soaring group vocals, the atmospheric, almost vaudevillian "Tumbling Bay," and the beefy, Steeleye Span-meets-MGMT rocker "The Sixth Wave" are spilling over with ideas, and would probably have fit right in on Terra Firma's ambitious back end, while the amiable title cut, a breezy two-chord shuffle that should please fans of the band's hook-filled debut, delivers the EP's most instantly gratifying moments of pop acumen.

Biography

Formed: Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The folky indie pop band Stornoway take their name from a town in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, but the group hails from Oxford, England. Singer/guitarist Brian Briggs, keyboardist/string player Jonathan Ouin, and bassist Ollie Steadman and drummer Rob Steadman (a pair of brothers from South Africa) formed the band while they were attending Oxford University; the well-studied band includes an ornithologist and a Russian translator among its ranks. The band debuted its jangly, largely acoustic sound...
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