Music Monday: The Staves

The first ever Music Monday from Little Rockit!

We love appreciating the classics, and finding new music, and we thought where better than Little Rockit to spread the musical love around!

It only seemed right, that for our first Music Monday we feature a favourite of ours, a group we have loved for a long time, the wonderful, melodic sisters, The Staves.

Image Courtesy of: www.thestaves.com

Image Courtesy of: http://www.thestaves.com

Hailing from Watford, England, this folk trio originally began performing at open mic nights around their home town as the ‘Staveley-Taylors’.  After many a gig, The Staves, (after a friend accidentally shortened it one night) took up some performance opportunities further afield.

Whilst working with prominent artist’s such as  Fionn Regan, Tom Jones, and Mt Desolation, The Staves grew a larger audience of their own, which lead to an American following through touring and supporting  the likes of acoustic duo The Civil Wars, and indie folk band Bon Iver.  The band gained further popularity through their immaculate performance on BBC 2’s Jools Holland in November 2012. (Who were we to resist huh?!)

The trio feature in the award winning documentary ‘Austin To Boston’.  The film follows the group along with fellow talented artists such as Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bears Den as they travel by Volkswagen Camper gigging as they go.  You can watch the trailer for it here. (We thoroughly recommend!)

The Staves debut album, ‘Dead and Born and Grown’ released in 2012, features rich, beautiful harmonies, accompanied by melodic folk guitars and a gentle emotive percussion that drives the album.  You can buy the album on iTunes by clicking the image below:

The Staves, Dead & Born & Grown, Image Courtesy of: www.thestaves.com

The Staves, Dead & Born & Grown, Image Courtesy of: http://www.thestaves.com

One of our favourite tracks,  not to mention it’s beautiful video, directed by none other than Aardman’s Karni and Saul, is ‘Winter Trees’.

Wonderfully visual lyrics lay over a backdrop of rhythmic pacing and vintage drone.  Though set against a whimsical visual, this beautiful song encapsulates the nostalgia of a coming season.  With undertones of sadness through epic harmonies, when the full percussion kicks in, the rising emotive quality of this song really sings.

After listening to the girls whilst supporting Bon Iver’s tour, and being blown away by their talent, frontman Justin Vernon offered a creative space in his own studio, so that they could nestle in, and work on some fresh material.

This new, creative environment, along with the expertise of fellow musicians allowed The Staves to really explore their potential.  The result is their new album ‘If I Was’.  A decidedly more evocative, eclectic, and seductive work that lays marvellous vocals upon much heavier musical decisions.  The evolution of The Staves songwriting is clear within this album, a much more intense,

The Staves, If I Was, Image Courtesy of: www.thestaves.com

The Staves, If I Was, Image Courtesy of: http://www.thestaves.com

A definite favourite from this recent album has to be the old school, rock infused ‘Black and White’.  It’s short but ever so sweet on the ears, and really showcases the talent of these three songstresses.

The Staves not only perform with such talent, they also seem like a genuinely lovely bunch.  Whether watching live on stage, (which of course, we have, and you must!) during interviews, or videos, these lovely ladies provide a warm and intimate atmosphere and, along with a wicked sense of humour, they seem the types you’d love to have sit down and a cup of tea with.

We’ve seen them live, and you should too!  Check out tour dates here.

With several EP’s, two albums under their belt, a performance on the Park stage at Glastonbury, and a tour with Florence and the Machine, we can’t wait to see what this talented trio are going to do next.

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