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September 10, 2020


The Staves are very pleased to reveal Trying, the second track to be released by the British trio so far this year following last month’s reintroduction with Nazareth (listen here). The two tracks mark the band’s first new music since their collaborative EP with the New York based chamber ensemble yMusic back in 2017.

Trying is another deliciously affecting track, which allows each the sisters’ gorgeous, peerless voices to gently swell and circle amongst the plucked instrumentation and sorrowful lyrics. Trying is self-produced by Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor. News of a new album, the band’s third, is to follow.

Another beautiful orchestration from this talented trio, they continue to project reflective, consuming compositions which play on the harrowing harmonies these singers convey. At its heart, Trying is intimate, honest and immersive.

Camilla Staveley-Taylor explains of the track:

“I wanted to write a song about the state of things in the world and how broken our ability to communicate with each other had become as a society, but it became impossible as I was writing to separate my personal life from the broader message. I was living in America away from my family in a relationship that was failing. The state of America (and in Britain for that matter) and the state of my relationship seemed to become one and the same. The song became far more about my own situation.

“I feel like trying is what we spend most of our lives doing really. Just trying our best. Trying to be better, to make things work. This was definitely a time where I was nearly tried out”

It’s been five long years since the release of the band’s acclaimed second album, If I Was, but the trio have been busy with extra-curricular. Jessica contributed vocals to Leonard Cohen’s final, posthumous record “Thanks For The Dance” produced by his son, Adam Cohen. And all three laid down their voices across a handful of tracks for Paul Weller’s recent number 1 album, On Sunset. With contributions over recent years for the likes of Lucy Rose, Bon Iver, and Flyte, those vocals remain in high demand.

As they put the finishing touches to further new music, The Staves have recently relaunched their podcast on Spotify. ‘Dial-A-Stave’ is an irreverent, fly-on-the-wall listen to the band’s everyday conversations with one another. Complete nonsense has rarely sounded quite so essential. A welcome late addition to your lockdown listening. Try it here

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