In the Post #98: Stornoway return with new single ‘Knock Me on the Head’

By on Friday, 18th January 2013 at 1:00 pm
 

Having chosen the name Stornoway, after the Scottish seaport town as explained by singer Brian Briggs in this 2011 interview with us, this band seems to have been destined to write music with some kind of nautical theme. Their new album’s title, ‘Tales From Terra Firma’, implies the ocean by mention of its opposite (indeed, the album’s cover art features frothy waves).

But its first single, ‘Knock Me on the Head’, has a very definite maritime sound. A majestic instrumental introduction, with a pentatonic tinge suggestive of Oriental seas, blends seamlessly into the mellow guitar pop that Stornoway have become known for. While the intro has very little musical or thematic relation to the body of the song, it does provide a hook for the listener’s ear, drawing attention to Brian Briggs’ lilting voice and cerebral lyrics.

The song’s chorus is certainly catchy enough to hold its own; I found myself singing along with it after only one casual listen. The lyrical melodies and sweet vocal harmonies, along with Stornoway’s unique instrumental arrangements, will be pleasantly familiar to fans eagerly awaiting the band’s sophomore effort. But if the exotic orchestral sound of the intro is to be taken as an indication, Stornoway have bravely ventured into some new musical ground, and possibly new musical seas as well.

8.5/10

‘Tales From Terra Firma’, the follow-up to Stornoway’s 2010 ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’, will be out on the 11th of March on 4AD. Catch the band on their UK tour, starting in early March.

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3 Responses

1:38 pm
18th January 2013

RT @tgtf: Carrie, one of our newest writers, has written about Stornoway’s new single ‘Knock Me on the Head’: http://t.co/Kickc1mY

7:19 pm
22nd January 2013

RT @tgtf: Carrie, one of our newest writers, has written about Stornoway’s new single ‘Knock Me on the Head’: http://t.co/Kickc1mY

[…] 11th of March on 4AD. Here’s the video for ‘Knock Me on the Head’, which Carrie reviewed for us in January. I think you’re going to come away with one word upon watching this video: adorable. (Oh, and […]

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