Woven like a tapestry, The Staves single ‘Steady’ emanates the purity and infectious spell nascent in their first album, Dead & Born & Grown, but with a maturity which will surely bring them to further critical acclaim.
The timidity so endearing in their first record has moved aside to allow the three sisters from Watford to develop a sound of “physiological” effect, as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, producer of their new album If I Was, describes.With harmonies of uninhibited honesty punctuated by a fierce sense of rhythm, the sisters demonstrate this coalescence of traditional beauty and contemporary originality with unparalleled craft and heightened ambition.
Recorded over five trips to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the recording experience was conducive to the productivity of this renewed sound: “We hadn’t created anything in so long,” says Camilla. “We were really itching to have a break and to let out all this stuff that we hadn’t had chance to express. Fortunately we found a place with Justin’s studio where we were allowed to do whatever wanted. It was the most liberating experience, being able to record until 4 in the morning, or while drunk. Whatever worked – there was no idea too silly. It was like a school trip with no parents.”
If I Was is due for release on 23rd March. The band are also heading out on a full UK & Ireland tour in Feb, including London’s Hackney Empire on 12th February. Tickets are on sale now (http://www.thestaves.com/live.html).