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The Staves are a three-piece female folk trio from England. But American influences—from gothic Appalachian folk to '70s West Coast hippie rock— clearly shape their music. Hinting occasionally at the dark, slightly dour tones of Peggy Sue and Wye Oak, these three young sisters (Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor) soften things with a faint promise of bluebirds and sunny meadows, as opposed to the croaking ravens and creaky homesteads Peggy Sue and Wye Oak explore. With heavenly, delicate harmonies and stripped-down instrumentation, they tell vivid stories with evocative lyrics and imaginative arrangements; strummed ukulele notes flitter around a softly billowing organ, while two minutes of a cappella gold give way to a startling, propulsive handclap-footstomp hootenanny. Jessica's guitar playing serves up gentle jangles and fleet fingerwork, and the airy, crystalline production lets the sisters' magical vocals really breathe and shine. It's produced by the father-and-son team of Glyn and Ethan Johns, who together have produced artists ranging from The Beatles and Bob Dylan to Rufus Wainwright and Ryan Adams.

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Tongues Behind their Teeth

Harmonically radiant and beautifully played, a delicately crafted coeval echo... Pleasant distance and a daydream glow intrinsic to the trio's delivery soften subtly brandished derringers and blades, careful not disturb my reverie… I almost wish it weren't so civilized.

THE STAVES - The Album I've Been Waiting For!

I am a big fan of Mumford and Sons, and I really enjoy music that is natural and harmonious. I heard the song "Winter Trees" and was blown away. The lyrics are deep, the music is overall amazing, and the harmonies are SPECTATULAR. This album has been on repeat all afternoon, and I can say, I am a big fan of The Staves. Very excited to see what these ladies will put out next. But for now, I have "Dead & Born & Grown" and two songs from the Mexico EP. I haven't found a song by them I dislike! This is exactly the kind of music I enjoy. Of course, its not for everyone. (BUT ITS SO GOOD). Its like yummy apple pie. Delicious.


Sooo glad they released this album, having some of their first songs on it is a huge plus. Very good buy and glad to see these ladies doing their thing. Beautiful harmony. 5/5


Formed: 2010 in Watford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Taking a cue from youthful folk revivalists like Laura Marling, Mountain Man, and the Pierces, Watford, England's the Staves blend the wistful cadences of classic British folk with breezy, Laurel Canyon-era Americana. The trio was formed in 2010 around the talents of sisters Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals/guitar), and Camilla Staveley-Taylor (vocals/ukulele), who first learned to harmonize by singing along with their parents' record collection, dominated by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby,...
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