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, Buffalo Springfield, and Motown.
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 to name but a few) found the sisters’ talents so compelling that they both independently tracked the band down. The Staves' debut album, due for release in early 2012, will be the first record on which father and son have shared production credits.
The Staves' music is songwriting as striking as it is exquisite, a melding of still, bright English folk and sublime West Coast pop. But undeniably, it’s the vocal arrangements that mark them out, a mingling of dusky sweetness and high, beaming radiance. For the listener, this Mexico EP comprises three songs that offer a mere taste of these young ladies' extraordinary talents, and a promise of what is yet to come.
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