Beachcomber’s Windowsill

The folk rock sounds of over a hundred instruments on British band Stornoway's first album

Five years in the making, Stornoway‘s recently-released debut album Beachcomber’s Windowsill like so many records before it, is the story of a homegrown musical enterprise. The band of Brits, named after a town on the Scottish isle of Lewis, met and honed their earnest, folk-rock style at the University of Oxford, where an eight-track recorder served as their primary means of laying down songs. But …

Superhumanoids: Urgency

Ethereal tunes from a collective of L.A. music nerds

Dubbed an “indie pop quartet,” L.A.-based band Superhumanoids has more in common with the emotionally-languid style of vets like Morrissey than with peers lumped into the same near-meaningless genre. Like all good design, their tunes balance honesty, innovation and attention to detail that stems from the group’s dedication to music. The four members—Sarah Chernoff, Cameron Parkins, Max St. John and Evan Weinerman—all play different instruments …