GET LOW with Stornoway
5 April 2015
Both will be released on Monday 13 April. The first single from the album was ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ and it won the 6 Music Rebel Playlist and the band headlined the folk stage at the 6 Music Festival in Newcastle in February. Whilst ‘The Road’ showcased Stornoway’s more pastoral side, the band’s talent for tapping into the seam of golden pop has not abandoned them. ‘Get Low’ is probably their most shining example of this since their debut.
Songwriter Dr. Brian Briggs has sought inspiration for the new album from his previous life as a PhD in Ornithology. ‘Bonxie’ is the nickname of a Hebridean sea bird, the Great Skua, and the album features the calls of 20 different species of bird. They have also incorporated sounds from Ebb & Flow, the wildlife sound installation at RAMM, in their set for the tour.
Inspired by David Attenborough’s footage of imprinted Greylag geese flying low alongside the broadcaster and naturalist, the video for ‘Get Low’ features the same geese, this time flying alongside the band. There is something truly wonderful about the focus of the birds and the improbability of this interaction with humans. That sentiment is exactly what the song ‘Get Low’ is about and in a marvellously evocative lyric about fighting the odds (from his time as a conservationist on Chesil beach in Dorset), Briggs and Stornoway sing “You line up all the shoes you find washed up along the shingle. They never pair together only seem to end up single… Keep dreaming. Dream high. Some other time you’re going to Get Low”.
Read a review of the concert: Sparks In Electric Jelly: Movies, Books, Art, Music, Oddities and Allsorts.