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The STAVES – ” Let Me Down “

Posted: December 1, 2015 in MUSIC
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There is so much tender beauty in this album. If I Was is a document of resilience, of soldiering through the remains of an obliterated love and finding the courage to do it all over again. It’s one of the greatest albums of its kind — even speaking as somebody in a happily committed marriage, this music just about made my year by virtue of its exquisite beauty. The Staves sing with power and delicacy, they write songs with a sweeping vision, and the arrangements they crafted with Justin Vernon make me want to abuse so many adjectives. I’m going to keep coming back to this one for a long time.


Live performance of “Make It Holy” by The Staves, the British folk sister act the Staves know how to cast a spell live, as they showed in their recent UK tour  And in a new video, we see what happens when all three Stavely-Taylor sisters stand across from one another in a recording studio. The band’s new album “If I Was”, which they recorded with Justin Vernon, is coming out in a couple of weeks, and they just shared a video of themselves singing the album track “Make It Holy” live in a studio, their harmonies captured in crisp black-and-white
If I Was is The New Album available on Nonesuch Records.

The trio will release new album “If I Was”, produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, on 23rd March and here they are with an exclusive live version of one of the tracks from the album. In the meantime the sisters are currently on a UK tour, playing Cardiff’s Glee Club tonight (15th February) Vernon, who produced the trio’s forthcoming second album ‘If I Was’, was introduced by Jessica Staveley-Taylor as she recounted recording their second album at Vernon’s Wisconsin studio over the past two years. Last Night at their London Show he joined them on stage.
“It just so happens that he’s in town tonight, we didn’t know he was going to be, so we asked if he’d come up on stage with us,” she said.
He joined them for ‘Make It Holy’ toward the end of their 90-minute set, joining in on guitar and backing vocals, and sang the second verse on his own. After he left the stage, Emily Staveley-Taylor said: “Music is the most amazing thing, and has let us meet the most incredible people. It’s magic.”
As well as material from their first album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ such as ‘Mexico’, ‘Pay Us No Mind’ and set closer ‘Wisely & Slow’, the sisters performed ‘Open’ from the ‘Blood I Bled EP’ and 10 songs from their forthcoming album, including ‘Steady’, ‘Teeth White’ and current single ‘Black And White’, which Camilla Staveley-Taylor said was about “being rather angry. Really fucking angry, actually.”

The sisters said about recording the album with Vernon, Camilla described being in Wisconsin as like “being on a school trip with no parents”.
“We were itching to have a break and to let out loads of thoughts and emotions that we hadn’t had chance to express,” she continued. “We were very fortunate to have a place at Justin’s where we were allowed to do whatever wanted. It was the most liberating experience, being able to record until 4am, or while drunk. And there was no idea that was too silly.”