Today sees the release of a brand-new song by The Staves and it’s a fascinating piece of work, the band having collaborated with orchestral chamber pop six-piece yMusic (who have previously worked with the likes of The Tallest Man On Earth, Paul Simon and Ben Folds) from New York. Even more intriguing is that this is not just a one off single – a whole album between the two groups, The Way Is Read, is due digitally on 24th November with vinyl following on the 1st December. The record comes about after The Staves and yMusic were first commissioned to work together on a live performance piece for Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) Eaux Claires Festival and have followed that through to a full record.
Trouble On My Mind is a weighty yet restful piece that showcases The Staves pure and arresting vocals, against a backdrop of the ensembles bewitching orchestral arrangement. I’ve always thought that The Staves could do a perfect Christmas album (and The Unthanks as well) and whilst this isn’t one its sound is about as close as you could get, with its crisp wintery music and warming vocals it brings in those sort of festive feelings, in a very different way to that which Mariah Carey ever could. Gorgeous.
The Staves - Trouble On My Mind (Video)