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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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