Stornoway is a group out of Oxford, England that first made waves with their 2010 debut Beachcombers Windowsill, a folksy, idiosyncratic equivalent to the more electric Arctic Monkeys. Their new album Tales From Terra Firma, slated for a March 19th release in the United States is not so much a stylistic change as it is a sonic evolution with absolutely stunning and daring arrangement choices that spring them out of the British folksy Mumford and Sons pack. That the album was recorded in a modest campervan makes the results all the more impressive. “You Take Me As I Am”, the first track on the new album is a propulsive anthem that transforms a narrative about a nascent marriage into an epic synonymous with the power of love. Fueled by an energetic acoustic guitar backbeat, the arrangement whirls with organs and brass and a dynamic drum line. One of the better tracks to come out this year. Also as a bonus, I’m including “When You Touch Down From Outer Space” a track they recorded during Pitchfork’s Music Festival in Paris as a Takeaway Show with La Blogotheque.
You Take Me As I Am
When You Touch Down From Outer Space (Takeaway Show)
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The Morning Benders are, quite unabashedly, one of my favorite current bands out there, and one of the few that I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person, albeit briefly. So when i heard of a new single coming out by way of the wonderful French blog La Blogotheque there was absolutely no way i could pass it up. With their debut album Talking Out of Tin Cans being a mainly jangly acoustic affair, it was a pleasant surprise when their follow-up Big Echo showcased their growth wherein they had honed in a more accessible Grizzly Bear sound without forgetting their rootsy background. “Virgins” seems a grand mixture of both, somehow capturing a similar feel to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and although performed live, it remains unhindered and quite breathtaking. Check it out, and if you like it download it over at Art of the Mixtape
I found this over at the wonderful We All Want Someone To Shout For Blog
Head on over to Art of the Song to check out today’s song “Virgins” by The Morning Benders. If you like it, come back here after and download it after the jump.
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