Hi! I'm Melly. I'm a dreamer, and find myself seeking creativity- whether it is crafting my own ideas or finding other amazing things people have done. This blog is to share these things.
I am just going to go straight to the point: this band was another one of those unexpected finds that has taken over my current music listening. I was listening to Sophie Madeleine‘s covers, and was completely charmed by her cover of “Zorbing.” Since I’ve found about a 98% consistency in original songs always being better than the covers, I opted to search for the original performers of the song. This was how I stumbled across Stornoway on youtube.
I was right. The original is better. And let me tell you- I LOVE Sophie’s version, so this is saying a lot. So much, in fact, that I went scrambling to seek their album. I may or may not have found it somewhere, but immediately after the first…. 10 listens I wound up purchasing it. I am not kidding.
There is something very refreshing about Stornoway. Their music truly has a mark of its own. Fishing around for more information about them (which is scarce in the US/FL department, let me tell you), I found that they’ve been compared to Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend. They have influences, sure, but their harmonies and instrument repertoire give them a name of their own. The lyrics are not only beautifully written, but beautifully sung as well. Brian’s voice narrates you through each track, and the atmosphere created by the surrounding music is so infectious that I’m inclined to keep listening to this adventure filled with bass, mandolin, guitars, pianos, and everything else.
I’m loving these guys so much that I am going to share two videos:
I Saw You Blink: