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The Staves

The Staves

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The Staves 'If I Was' album cover

The Staves 'If I Was' album cover

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The Staves

The Staveley-Taylor trio of sisters from Hertfordshire do a fine line in classic English folk, and they've truly upped the game with this album which was produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver-fame.

Stunning three-part harmonies, sumptuous instrumentation and beguiling melodies combine in quietly spectacular fashion.

Vernon accentuates the siblings' love of roots music but it's clear their horizons have been broadened too as illustrated by album opener Before I Bleed, a previously released Staves song that has been superbly re-tooled.

Key track: Before i bleed

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