Their third long player Bonxie has flown straight into the UK Top 20 on release and the Oxford [bird] brains layered this nest with images of the wild outdoors, tumultuous oceans, primal migratory instincts and tapping into lead singer Dr. Brian Briggs’ background as a doctor (PhD) of ornithology; Bonxie (the Hebridean nickname for the great skua) is a chorus of birdsong from start to finish.
Multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Stornoway, Jon Ouin, wrote and orchestrated Man On Wire. Inspired by the 2008 multi-award winning documentary of the same name, in which French high wire artist Philippe Petit walked a steel line covertly strung between New York’s World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers. It opens with a Manhattan soundscape, recorded by Stornoway drummer Rob Steadman, from his balcony in New York. On Stornoway’s homage the wire is also a metaphor for a thread of hope. It is a soaring ballad, which nods towards the sweep of 60s’ pop and Briggs’ lyrics gift the song with drama and attack. A huge, slow groove, mixed by Craig Potter of Elbow with bass by Oli Steadman and precipitous strings, Man On Wire is nothing short of spectacular.
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