Fresh off the release of their new EP Sleeping In A Car, The Staves are now touring the U.S. The studio release blew my mind and hearing them live in action at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was even more exciting and inspiring.
The three lovely Staveley-Taylor sisters opened up the show with Outlaw, taken from the EP. This song features an introductory vocal loop jam by Emily, and then Jessica and Camilla joined in for harmonies. Next they performed a brilliant rendition of Steady from the Justin Vernon produced record If I Was. The Staves either perform mellow, acoustic folk songs or pump it up a notch with some keyboard effects and a louder, rockier drumbeat and Steady is a perfect balance of the two types.
Black & White is a Staves fan favorite and this was the third song in their set. This song featured an ending a capella treat from the beautiful, angelic voice of The Staves. After this song came a Jessica-led soft, acoustic Staves classic Mexico. Singer-songwriters have a special connection with their live performance and if you pay attention closely, you can see their excitement and love for what they’re doing. Jessica’s joy was written all over her face as she sang and strummed the ending lyrics and chords to her song.
The entire set highlight of the whole concert was In The Long Run – another Jessica-led classic, acoustic Staves song. With a familiar folkie chord and fingerpicking pattern, what truly makes this folk song unique is the flawless and pure vocal chemistry of the sisters. Their voices are curing sirens that awaken the beauty in any ugly mindset or earache. Next they performed the slow, building, emotional Damn It All another song produced by Vernon on If I Was.
Towards the end of the set they busted out a brand new song Tired As Fuck which you can tell from its title is a reflection on their successful lifestyle as touring indie folkers. There’s no better way to wind down a night and let the audience know the show’s coming to an end with the vivid, warming melodies of Make It Holy which was not only produced by Vernon but also featured his vocals in the studio. The Staves are an absolute special gem to see live and their rise to indie folk stardom comes as no surprise as soon as you hear the first note sung from their unmatched, superbly pretty voices.
Scott J. Herman