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Presently the Staves are doing their debut tour in Australia After this tour ends, theyl make thier way merrily home and continue working on new music to share with you all. This means we’ll be taking a bit of time off the road. In the meantime, here’s a special live EP that we recorded across three nights at the intimate Pine Hollow Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on one of our North American tours. The six-track Pine Hollow EP consists of covers of some of our favourite tracks, as well as live versions of songs from both If I Was and The Way Is Read. We hope you enjoy it, and we can’t wait to play some new tunes for you very soon.


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The Way Is Read, a twelve-song album by the English trio The Staves—Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor (all vocals) and New York City based ensemble ymusic, released digitally on Nonesuch Records last week, is now available on limited-edition vinyl. You can pick up a copy at your local record store, and the Nonesuch Store, where orders include a download of the complete album.

“Developed from a live collaboration,” says a four-star review in the “the siblings’ voices are blended seamlessly with the instrumentation on haunting, experimental compositions where folk and contemporary classical meet halfway.”

The collaborative project was named Combo of the Week by the Sunday Times of London, with the album review concluding: “The fusion of the siblings interweaving harmonies and yMusic’s sonic chattering results in music that is equal parts Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Philip Glass and the Penguin Café Orchestra. A wonderful album.”

After being commissioned in 2016 by Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival to collaborate on a live performance piece, The Staves delved deep into yMusic’s catalogue of contemporary classical compositions to find pieces suited to their lyrics and vocals. While the Festival is known for bringing musicians together for one-off performances, this is the first time one of those partnerships has made the leap into a studio album. The LP was produced by Rob Moose and Jessica Staveley-Taylor and mixed and engineered by Brian Joseph at his studio, Hive, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

‘Silent Side’ is taken from The Staves & yMusic’s album ‘The Way Is Read’, available digitally on 24th November and on limited edition vinyl on 1st December.

It’s been a while. We have exciting news for you: there’s new music! A whole album of it, in fact. It is called The Way Is Read and we recorded it with our fantastically talented friends yMusic who, for those of you not familiar with them, are a New York City-based chamber ensemble. That doesn’t really clarify anything, does it? Basically, there aren’t the right words to describe what these musicians can do. Luckily, we are in the music biz, not the word biz, so you can simply listen to the sounds and understand for yourselves. The record will be available digitally on November 24th, 2017 and on limited-edition vinyl on December 1st (totally worth it if only to have Camilla’s painting to hang on your wall).
A bit more about the music itself; the collaboration was originally commissioned in 2016 at Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival, and we’ve had the opportunity to perform it a handful of times in the US. We didn’t just want some “classical” backing to our songs, we wanted to become a group together, using our voices as instruments on yMusic’s existing work, chopping up compositions and rearranging them, taking old folk songs and making them abstract, as well as writing original songs. The process of forming an orchestra with these musicians has been fascinating for us and we feel very proud to be able to share it with you all.

‘Trouble On My Mind‘ is taken from The Way Is Read, available digitally on 24th November and on limited edition vinyl on 1st December.

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When an artist has been away for a prolonged period of time, their return is often marked by a bounding jubilance; as if, by leaping back in to the frame limbs flailing, wild smile flailing, you won’t be able to avoid the re-arrival, even if you desire such a thing. Lucy Rose’s return is not that. Released today, “Floral Dresses” is a striking moment of clarity, but it achieves such a thing with a sense of fragility that feels all the more rewarding. Preceding a “new album project”, the track is her first for the Communion label, and also features delicate vocal adornments from The Staves.

Stripped-back and largely unadorned, the track is shaped by a sadness that can’t easily be placed, the intonations, and the spaces surrounding Rose’s words, as meaningful an pertinent than those spoken aloud. “When I wrote Floral Dresses it really reminded me about who I was, and I always think that some of the best songs are the ones which can stand on their own with just one instrument,” Rose says of the track, and such sentiments flourish under the stark spotlight of the track; a quiet, emotive strum with a poignancy that will sit for days.

The STAVES – ” Tired As Fuck “

Posted: February 11, 2017 in MUSIC

To coincide with the start of their North American tour next week,  its appropriate to fully introduce you to a couple of tracks they will be playing out on the road.

The first track ‘Tired As Fuck’ was a song written in the midst of a relationship breaking down. Lamenting (among other things) the lack of some sort of guidance in that kind of situation, but also accepting and resigning yourself to the fact that you have to soldier on. Keep going. There is no helping hand.

The second track ‘Train Tracks’ is the beginning of something new and how confusing and difficult that can be when you’re really just as clueless as anyone! The two tracks bookend each other in that respect.
We fell down an Andy Warhol hole (a Warhole if you will) recently and particularly loved his series of screentests/moving portraits. They’re just a static shot of a subject staring at the camera. It’s amazing how compelling that is. Just looking at someone for 20 minutes or so. That was a massive inspiration for this video. We also bought an old over head projector and really wanted to incorporate it and use it to project these weird shapes on Camilla’s face.

We wanted to not shy away from making the process obvious to people either. You see Jess adjusting Camilla’s hair, and Camilla talking to Dan (who was filming). We haven’t edited it to clean it up, because we find the unedited bits are often the most interesting.
We hope you enjoy the tracks and the video, and we can’t wait to see some of you on the road this year. To everyone back home in the UK and in Europe, fear not; we’ll be playing Forbidden Fruit Festival in Dublin on 5 June, and Bushstock in London on 10 June. More UK/EU dates will be announced in the near future… Watch this space!

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Toothless is the solo project of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash, whose new track ‘The Sirens’ features Folk-Rock sister trio and Bon Iver associates The Staves. With the new album now complete and due for release early next year, Ed is set to play it start to finish later this month in London –  with a few surprises and guest’s thrown in!

Director Kit Monteith, who made the video alongside Joseph Keirs and Sef Tedder, We spent “4 sleepless nights in Ibiza trying to show the island’s surreal and seductive qualities in ways that have never been done before. When one thinks of Ibiza, particularly when it appears in music videos, its all beach parties, clubs and heteronormative perspectives.

“We wanted to show a stranger side; full of surprises, gender fluidity and mystical abandon. We’ve tried to show a ‘normal’ guy’s journey into a world of hedonism; where he is chewed up and spat out by the Sirens of the island where it’s always unclear who is using who?


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.”



Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley -Taylor have been making music together since they were children, growing up in Watford, UK, England. Brought up in a house that echoed to the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Beatles, singing in perfect 3-part harmony came naturally to these three sisters. Having started gigging in local pubs and cafes, The Staves are now captivating audiences on much bigger stages – earning rapturous encores with their exquisite songs of love & longing, their extraordinary intertwining voices melt the most cynical of hearts.