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The Staves Return With New Single “You Held It All” & Sign To Communion Records

September 17, 2023
Credit: Harvey Pearson

The Staves Return With New Single “You Held It All”

& Sign To Communion Records

The Staves are thrilled to reveal “You Held It All”, their first new music of the year, and their first since the release of 2021’s Good Woman LP.

You Held It All is also the band’s first release on Communion Records, and their first recording without the duo’s sister, Emily Staveley-Taylor, who wasn’t present for touring on the last run, stepping back from the road with the birth of her first baby (and has recently had a second child too). 

The Staves return with this beautiful and extremely moving composition. Capturing this burning intensity leads to the cathartic end lyrics and a powerful finish to the ensemble. This budding tempo and rhythm capture the brooding affection of the direction whilst the explosive vocal harmonies, always compelling from these musicians, the energy and the force of their melodies simply dazzle throughout. Injecting this emotive and stirring sensation into the track, ultimately harnessing the vivid and dramatic grip of “You Held It All”.

It’s such a powerful arrangement on every level, from the journey to the intimate lyrics and the euphoric harmonic bursts.

You Held It All was produced by John Congleton in LA. Congleton, who helmed production for Good Woman too, assisted in a much more live and spontaneous feel to the studio process, which Jess and Millie were keen to investigate.

The Staves on their new single: “You Held It All is a song about understanding, and the knots we tie ourselves in when we don’t express our truth; and how much power and freedom there can be when we do.”

It’s been a period of enforced and significant change for The Staves over the past few years, with not only a line-up change, but enduring and welcoming changes to their lives for good and for bad. Such life experiences have unsurprisingly found their way into the lyrics too (now shared between the two sisters, rather than three), and it heralds a line drawn in the sand for whatever comes next for them. Since 2012, when The Staves first introduced themselves with those crystalline three-part harmonies and their lilting folk-informed songcraft, the ‘classic’ Staves sound has also undergone subtle but noteworthy change, and with You Held It All, the band enters a new chapter entirely.

What remains though, as fans and critics may attest to, is their ear for captivating melody and verse, both beautifully executed by those ever reliable, scintillating voices. You Held It All accompanies those ever-presents with a more driven, widescreen sound.

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