London-based acoustic trio The Staves -- early 20-something sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor -- have been creating something of a serious buzz on both sides of the big pond lately, touring with The Civil Wars, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons and Michael Kiwanuka along with releasing a pair of exquisitely delicate nu-folk EP's. Produced by the father and son studio dream team of Glyn and Ethan Johns, the siblings' full length Dead & Born & Grown (November 13, UK) collects selected songs from those EPs as well as a batch of fine new tracks for an album brimming with what we've described as a "masterful bit of sublime harmony that spans the chilly confines of England and balmier surroundings of 70's L.A. folk/pop." While neither as deep or dark as some of acoustic Brit contemporaries like Laura Marling -- the three-part entwined vocals are simply too pretty for too much bleak brooding -- The Staves' music is like raw honey, naturally free of artificial sweetening. "I think being sung to is the nicest thing in the world," says Emily. "There's nothing more comforting or enjoyable. And I would hope that this is what people feel when they hear us sing."
The Staves - "The Motherlode" (from Dead & Born and Grown)