The Staves - If I Was

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl + Digital Download Code

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If I Was is the second studio album by English folk rock band The Staves, released in March 2015 via Atlantic Records.

From Watford, Hertfordshire, The Staves are a sister trio whose silken harmonies soothed and mellowed in their debut album, Dead & Born & Grown. Their allure lies in the layered harmonies that most constructed groups cannot achieve. Being sisters, Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor have had years of singing together that trickles through into their recordings.  With each play another harmony line can be followed, each track well worth listening to again just to check it wasn't just imagined into perfection. 

On If I Was however, the motif is heartbreak and moving on from it, allowing much more intensity into the songs, with bolder musical backing and more complex themes.  

Travelling a fair way to Wisconsin, the sisters toyed with ideas and began to construct a new batch of material at April Base recording studio.  Here their producer was Justin Vernon (AKA Bon Iver) his influence glimmering in the spacious dynamics of Let Me Down, and No Me, No You, No More.  All tracks appear for the first time on this album bar Blood I Bled which appeared first on the same-titled EP in late 2014. 

If I Was debuted at #14 on the Official UK Album Chart, and in July 2015 The Staves performed with Bon Iver as guests artists along with Colin Stetson, yMusic, and No BS! Brass for Bon Iver's much anticipated return to the stage as part of the Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

"Though these songs are stripped down and subtle, they achieve a heightened emotional state — the understanding that the people who are meant to stick with you will be the ones still standing once the smoke clears."-Consequenceofsound.net

Check out a couple of tracks:  Make It HolySteady , Teeth White , Make It Holy (Live) , Black and White and Blood I Bled and the Album Trailer.

This LP record is on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download code, pressed in Europe.

(0825646176977)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Track

Time

A1

Blood I Bled

4:07

A2

Steady

3:28

A3

No Me, No You, No More

2:46

A4

Let Me Down

4:05

A5

Black & White

2:39

A6

Damn It All

6:26

B1

The Shining

3:38

B2

Don't You Call Me Anymore

2:52

B3

Horizons

2:49

B4

Teeth White

3:40

B5

Make It Holy

4:33

B6

Sadness Don't Own Me

4:40

 

SKU 0825646176977
Record Label Atlantic Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 0825646176977
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 23 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 23 March 2015
Barcode # 0825646176977
Shipping Weight 0.3600kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Folk Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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