Stornaway is a name that immediately conjures thoughts of wild coasts, folk tunes, Scotland and traditional instruments and whilst they don't sound like Fairport Convention with a Scottish slant, they do have a certain earthy quality that has lead to this rather fine debut album.
I hadn't heard anything about this lot before I heard the album, which meant it was bound to be a surprise, and it did not disappoint.
There's a joyous feel about the whole record, whilst it's rooted in folk it certainly feels very relevant today with its subject matter and soaring tunes. I'd imagine live it would bring about a really stonking live show.
As an album it has that most important of qualities, staying power. It's been on my ipod since I first bought it and has had over 10 full run throughs as well as forming part of a great genius mix on my computer sat amongst better known Brit bands.
If you like Turin Brakes, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, or Pentangle, you're in good company here, but Stornaway sound much more relevant in todays world. Buy this and find one of the sountracks to the summer of 2010.