“An album bigger and more ambitious than their debut, but just as lovely and melodic.” The Guardian

Stornoway’s second album, Tales From Terra Firma, is an album of stories – birth, death, marriage, coming of age: The Big Stuff. Out 8 March 2013 via 4AD/Remote Control, 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 Briggsʼeloquence coupled with his crystalline voice unite with Jon Ouinʼs stunning arrangements and alchemise 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 have self-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.

And so to the songs themselves. Brian suggests: “The title of the album conjures up for me, the romantic notion of an adventurer, exploring new lands and reporting on his experiences. Discovering what it is to be human
and an enthusiasm for adventure, which I feel is true of me.” This notion was seized upon by drummer Rob Steadman who worked in conjunction with artist Kirini Kopcke to bring an action-adventure sensibility to the
albumʼs artwork. Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Hergé and Ukiyo-e and using the ligne claire style, the aim was, as in the songs, to contrast the drama and adventure of the high seas with something very rooted in the real world.

Bass player and other band multi-instrumentalist Oli Steadman transformed into the bandʼs “super geeky esoteric experimentalist” as well as tutor to Brian in the finer points of learning Logic. Oli and Robʼs parentsʼ garage in
Oxford became band HQ: Stornostudios. It was here that they together brought Tales From Terra Firma into being. Whilst the band strengthened their grip on experimenting, arranging, song writing and the accompanying
artwork; the majority of the tracks are simple, melodic pop songs that are warm and inviting and quintessentially Stornoway.

Stornoway are : Brian Briggs, Jon Ouin, Oli Steadman and Rob Steadman.

Stornoway – Tales From Terra Firma is out 8 March 2013 via 4AD / Remote Control





Adele’s critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘21′ has reached yet another momentous milestone this week, reaching one million sales in Australia.

This massive achievement makes ‘21′ the first album to sell one million copies in Australia since the release of Delta Goodrem’s ‘Innocent Eyes’ in 2003.

21’ becomes the thirteenth album to be accredited with one million sales in Australia; placing Adele in the illustrious company of John Farnham, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Queen,  ABBA, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Delta Goodrem, Dire Straits, Meatloaf and the soundtrack to Grease.

This landmark achievement falls just days before the second anniversary of the release of ‘21‘ on 21st January.  Additionally it falls in the same week as Adele’s victory at the Golden Globes, where her theme song to the new James Bond movie Skyfall won the award for Best Original Song.  Skyfall has now sold over three million copies worldwide.

21‘ has achieved global success with 26 million albums sold worldwide.  In her native UK, ’21’ has sold an incredible 4.5 million copies.

In the USA over 10 million albums have been sold, earning Adele and ‘21′ Diamond Certification by the RIAA. Adele is the only British or European female artist in history to earn this certification.  Adele is also the only British or European artist ever to earn Diamond Certification in less than 2 years from release.  Adele described this accomplishment as an “incredible honour.”

The ‘Adele Live At Royal Albert Hall’ DVD has sold over three million copies worldwide.  In the USA it is the first music DVD since 2005 to sell one million copies in a single year and in Australia it has sold 100,000 copies.


Adele 21 is out noa via XL Recordings/Remote Control.21 - ADELE


Thom Yorke recently went into the studio with fellow Atoms For Peace band member Nigel Godrich, to create a mix for Dazed online.

Comprised almost entirely of unreleased solo, Atoms for Peace and Radiohead material, you can stream the results on Dazed Digital and below.


– Cycles MK 3 – Thom Yorke
– You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry (unfinished mix) – Atoms For Peace
– Mali: Kono, the Sacred Bird – Mali Musicians
– Proud Evolution (Thom York 500quid rmx) – Liars
– I Don’t Need An Excuse (unfinished) – Thom Yorke
– Bloom (treatments) – Radiohead
– Morning Shiver Down The Back Wood River – Anstam
– Give Up The Ghost (Thom Yorke rmx) – Radiohead
– The Grind – Average Joe vs Unless – Atoms For Peace

Thom also appears as the cover star for Dazed and Confused Magazine February Issue, talking at length about Atoms For Peace and answering select questions from the group’s musical friends.