Stornoway - You Don't Know Anything

Oxford-based folk-rockers Stornoway’s mini-album You Don’t Know Anything offers up off-cuts from their second critically acclaimed album, Tales From Terra Firma. Lead singer Brian Briggs described the songs as ones that “didn't quite fit in with the mood or 'journey' of that collection”, and many are more collaborative efforts.

The six tracks are certainly more playful and experimental, and opening track ‘When You Touch Down From Outer Space’ starts several miles above terra firma, offering shimmering guitar and sci-fi keyboard reminiscent of the Flaming Lips’ 'Yoshimi'-era space rock. Elsewhere, there are echoes of Gorillaz, the Leisure Society and George Harrison, culminating in the final track, the lovely (and Love-ly) ‘Clockwatching’, with its rolling drums, Latin guitar, Farfisa organ and frenzied sax augmented by Briggs’ foreboding refrain of “Time drags on”. With a myriad of styles in the mix, you can understand why these six tracks might have disrupted the flow of the album proper, but on this evidence, their next project may benefit from similar experimentation.

Overall

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