6 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Living Sisters apply their honeyed vocal blend to a batch of well-chosen covers on this six-song EP. Inara George, Becky Stark, Eleni Mandell, and Alex Lilly display the same combination of sweetness and wit that made their 2010 debut, Love to Live, such a pleasure. The foursome takes a stripped-down production approach, giving this set the feel of a street-corner harmony jam. The 1954 Jo Stafford hit “Make Love to Me” gets a brisk rockabilly-tinged treatment that highlights The Living Sisters’ debt to The Andrews Sisters and similar swing-era groups. Getting more experimental, they bring a hip-swaying flow to Funkadelic’s “Can You Get to That” and deliver a version of “Que Sera, Sera” that owes equal amounts to the Doris Day and Sly Stone versions. Pedal steel accents add a lonesome country feel to the Patsy Cline classics “Sweet Dreams” and “A Poor Man’s Roses.” An a cappella rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is the EP’s most sublime moment, showing off both the Sisters’ stunning harmonies and the lyrics' tormented beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Living Sisters apply their honeyed vocal blend to a batch of well-chosen covers on this six-song EP. Inara George, Becky Stark, Eleni Mandell, and Alex Lilly display the same combination of sweetness and wit that made their 2010 debut, Love to Live, such a pleasure. The foursome takes a stripped-down production approach, giving this set the feel of a street-corner harmony jam. The 1954 Jo Stafford hit “Make Love to Me” gets a brisk rockabilly-tinged treatment that highlights The Living Sisters’ debt to The Andrews Sisters and similar swing-era groups. Getting more experimental, they bring a hip-swaying flow to Funkadelic’s “Can You Get to That” and deliver a version of “Que Sera, Sera” that owes equal amounts to the Doris Day and Sly Stone versions. Pedal steel accents add a lonesome country feel to the Patsy Cline classics “Sweet Dreams” and “A Poor Man’s Roses.” An a cappella rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is the EP’s most sublime moment, showing off both the Sisters’ stunning harmonies and the lyrics' tormented beauty.

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About The Living Sisters

The Living Sisters include Inara George, Becky Stark, and Eleni Mandell, three Los Angeles-based songwriters who began singing together in 2006. All three had previously pursued different projects; George sang retro-pop songs with the Bird and the Bee, Stark recorded chamber folk music with Lavender Diamond, and Mandell maintained a healthy solo career. A shared interest in vocal jazz, gospel, doo wop, and country harmonies eventually brought the trio together, though, and the Living Sisters began collaborating whenever their schedules would allow. By 2009, they had squared away enough free time to begin recording an album with co-producer Sheldon Gomberg, and the resulting Love to Live was released by Vanguard Records in March 2010. Nearly three years later a covers EP appeared, including versions of songs originally by Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Doris Day, and finding the trio bolstered by Alex Lilly (Obi Best), who had backed George on Bird and the Bee tours. In 2014 the group issued its first-ever Christmas album, Harmony Is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday. ~ Andrew Leahey

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