THE STAVES

Dead & Born & Grown Warn­ers ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

There’s a lot to be said for mu­sic that just makes you feel, well, warm inside – if it’s im­bued with a sense of author­ity and the ab­so­lute avoid­ance of in­sin­cer­ity. The Staves are Wat­ford sis­ters Camilla, Emily and Jes­sica Stavely-Tay­lor, so the English roses com­par­i­son kinda holds up. But there are strate­gi­cally placed thorns on the stems of their de­but al­bum, as proven by lyrics such as “fare thee well, I don’t give a fuck any­more” (Pay Us No Mind). It’s this blend of clas­sic folk/Amer­i­cana hues (rem­i­nis­cent of the Lau­rel Canyon era, with a side or­der of UK folk stal­warts such as Martin Carthy) and the con­tem­po­rary world­view of young women that draw com­par­isons with the likes of Laura Mar­ling. Not that it means much here. The Staves are their own bosses, sin­gu­lar, be­guil­ing, the au­ral equiv­a­lent of a hot wa­ter bot­tle on a cold win­ter’s night. thes­taves.com Down­load tracks: Mex­ico, Pay Us No Mind, Tongue Be­hind My Teeth

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