Stornoway is a British alternative indie folk band from the Cowley area of Oxford. Musically, they are a remarkably deft bunch, folding in a conservatory’s worth of instruments— barrelhouse piano, jazzy horncharts, banjo plonking, chamber strings and Celtic fiddles, spidery celesta— into their fleet, coursing songs without bogging down the melodic line or sounding burdened by fussiness. Ollie Steadman plays his bass like a melody instrument, and Ouin’s organ lines dance in and out of the periphery like a particularly animated supporting character you keep wishing would return. Rob Steadman’s careful, sensitive drumming on “On the Rocks” helps anchor an otherwise formless tune from drifting into oblivion.
Stornoway - Zorbing
A gallery of influential British street artist Banksy’s best works. His graffiti art is thought-provoking and often illusory. He paints a maid lifting a concrete wall as thought it were a curtain and a man hanging by his fingertips from a window. Combine the two and viewers are drawn into his world instantly. The messages he conveys are typically along the lines of “think for yourself.” He is one of my favorite artists.
Debuting last year with Eyelid Movies, Phantogram brought trip-hop and dream pop together with heavy rhythms and twilight-lit melodies. The street beat comes back sounding even more effortlessly smooth with the release of their Nightlife EP on November 1st, 2011. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, the New York-based electronic pop duo keeps their rhythms upbeat and melodies as haunting as they are beautiful.