Album: Stornoway, Beachcomber's Windowsill (4AD)

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One by one, the class of January are having to deliver. Now it's the turn of Stornoway, featured in the BBC's Sound of 2010 Poll.

Like Mumford & Sons, Oxford quartet Stornoway are nominally a folk-based outfit, and whip up a light soufflé of strummed six-strings and chorister-pure singing, but their lyrics deal with such un-folk locations as south-east London and such un-folk pursuits as zorbing. The hype is at least half-justified, and they'll doubtless become the biggest band named after a remote part of Scotland since Mull Historical Society.