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Tales From Terra Firma

Stornoway

Tales From Terra Firma

Label4AD
VertriebBeggars / Indigo
VÖ-Datum8.3.2013

Manchmal ist das einfach zu viel des Guten. Hier noch eine Wendung, schnell noch ein Klavier eingestreut, da noch eine Trompete, der eine macht dies, der andere macht das, und weiß nicht, was der dritte macht. So in etwa kommt es stellenweise rüber, wenn sich die jungen Engländer von Stornoway an ihre Instrumente wagen. Ihr zweites Album Tales From Terra Firma folgt dem Debüt Beachcomber's Windowsill, das mit seinem Indiepop einige Fans gewinnen konnte. Und auch wenn sich der Popfolk des Quartetts ab und an etwas verrennt, die Prognose darf erlaubt sein, sollten sie auch mit dem Nachfolger ihre Liebhaber finden.

Aber von Anfang: You Take Me As I Am, der Opener, ist so ein Song, mit dem Stornoway scheinbar allen beweisen möchten, dass sie komplex und poppig zugleich können. Nur dass sie im Laufe des Stücks dank der Vielzahl an Instrumenten, die scheinbar machen, was sie wollen, wohl selbst nicht mehr wissen, wo oben und unten ist. Das konnten Dry The River bereits besser und konsequenter. Dafür drosseln Stornoway danach das Tempo und ruhen sich in eher süßen Indiepop-Stücken a la Shout Out Louds wie The Bigger Picture aus, die auch zeigen, wie jung die Jungs sein müssen, so sehr geht es um Liebe und Mädchen und all das diese verdammten und schönen Gefühle. (A Belated) Invite To Eternity ist dann bereits ein Song, wo man merkt, dass diese Band schon bald mehr sein will als nur ein Folkpopband. Ein ruhiger Beginn, der einen balladig einlullt, bevor sich der Song nach und nach über vier Minuten aufbaut und einen dann wieder sanft zur Erde zu geleiten. An solchen Stellen wirken Stornoway sehr komplex und austariert, eine Seite, die der Band mehr Gesicht verleiht als die etwas zu süßlichen Hymnen.

Doch noch sind sie nicht soweit. Deshalb wirkt Tales From Terra Firma auch sehr inhomogen. Stornoway sind eine Band, die noch nach ihrem Sound zu suchen scheint und sich auf diesem Album an komplexeren Arrangements versucht, die ihnen hier allerdings noch über den Kopf wachsen. Schaffen sie es, diesen Part besser zu beherrschen und zusammenzuführen mit schönen Popsongs The Ones We Hurt The Most, könnte aus Stornoway eine Klasseband werden. So sind sie nur eine gute.

Tracklist:
  1. You Take Me As I Am
  2. Farewell Appalachia
  3. The Bigger Picture
  4. (A Belated) Invite To Eternity
  5. Hook, Line, Sinker
  6. Knock Me On The Head
  7. The Great Procrastinator
  8. The Ones We Hurt The Most
  9. November Song
Highlights:

(A Belated) Invite To Eternity, The Ones We Hurt The Most

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