2012 has already been a fascinating year for The Staves, having recently returned from a sold-out US tour with The Civil Wars. Their performances were greeted with unanimous praise from Memphis to Cleveland, Austin to Dallas.
There is little room for any downtime as the three sisters headed back out on the road, across the UK as main support to Michael Kiwanuka at his personal request, ahead of the release of The Motherlode EP in April.
The musical evolution of The Staves - Emily, Jessica and Camilla - has been a slow, steady process; an adventure that began in the stew of family car journeys, sing-alongs and squabbles over the stereo, and immersed in the music of artists like Feist, Fleet Foxes, Simon & Garfunkel, and Motown.
They talk particularly of the influence of their Mother: Welsh-born, and raised in a community of male voice choirs, she instilled in her daughters the power of communal singing. “It's in her blood,” Emily recalls. Equally, their father taught his daughters how to play the guitar, and is the proud owner of that incredibly influential record collection.
Legendary producers Glyn and Ethan Johns (whose combined credits include the likes of The Rolling Stones, Joan Armatrading, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, and Laura Marling) found the sisters’ talents so compelling that they both independently tracked the band down. The Staves' debut album, due for release in autumn 2012, will be the first record on which father and son have shared production credits.
In a similar manner to their initial introduction with the ‘Mexico EP’ in December, the ‘The Motherlode EP’ represents all that is special and unique about The Staves’ unique vocals and haunting melodies. Its lead track has quickly become a live favourite amongst the sisters’ ever growing fanbase, and acts as a fine example of what The Staves do so beautifully.
1 The Motherlode, 2 Pay Us No Mind
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