Stornoway have created a fabulous album that is both a call to action and a set of stunning songs that are instantly engaging but continue to grow in the affections with each play, soaring majestically above the clouds, in wondrous awe at the world below.
His smooth vocals prevail as the true soul of this band, laying back into every tone for its deserved play-out. Collectively, they stay faithful to their synthy, indie, alt folk vibe and flash hints at the Hammond-era, even flaunting their barber-shop abilities in Josephine.
Man on Wire sets the scene for much of the album, with build-ups burgeoning out from the mellowness, they absolutely fill all auditive space. The Road You Didn’t Take brandishes inherent catchiness with Fink-style rumblings and vocal clashes, but it’s a shame few other tracks can give the same hook – some riffs sounding near-recycled. Yet even if they have reached a plateau, it’s a still a high one at that.