Stornoway Tales From Terra Firma on LP
Stornoway's second album, 2013's Tales From Terra Firma, is a collection of stories about birth, death, marriage, and coming of age. The songs were mostly written in a camper van in land-locked Oxford but on listening, the yearning for adventure and the freedom of the coast and wild places is palpable. As is true of classic songwriting partnerships, lyricist Brian Briggs' eloquence coupled with his crystalline voice unite with Jon Ouin's stunning arrangements and alchemize to form a musical mirror. Tales From Terra Firma reflects powerful life experiences, the great outdoors and the passing of time, which is a major theme of the album. And with that, Stornoway produced a record that marks a new sophistication in compositional and, in particular, lyrical qualities, while still retaining the charm of their debut that so many fell in love with.