Good Woman, The Staves' first album in six years, was written and recorded in a time of turmoil for the band—the end of relationships, the death of their beloved mother, and the birth of Emily’s first child. Produced by John Congleton, the album stands as a testament to strength—of sisters, mothers, daughters—to love, loss, and change. To trying to be a good woman. "It’s a brilliant record, their new, fuller sound paying dividends," exclaims Record Collector. "It sounds cathartic to have recorded, and it’s cathartic to listen to."
English trio the Staves—sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor—released their first new album in six years, Good Woman, February 5, 2021 on Nonesuch Records in the US. The vinyl album is also available in a bundle with a vinyl 7" of the song "Nazareth" b/w the album track "Trying."
Good Woman was written and recorded in a time of tremendous turmoil and change for the band, between the ending of relationships, the death of their beloved mother, and the birth of Emily’s first child. Produced by John Congleton, the album is a testament to the Stavely-Taylors’ strength and that of other women; to sisters, mothers, and daughters; to love, loss, and change; and to trying to be a good woman.
The band explains: “We have been working on this for a long time and are thrilled to share the title track. When we think about making this album we think about moments and snapshots of all the different contexts we were in as it was made. Living in each other’s pockets and then living with oceans between us. Of voice notes and field recordings and ideas in emails sent across continents. We think of homesickness and family. Of being an outsider. Of endless notebooks and scraps of paper. Of studios in the winter and recordings under the summer sun. Of rainy London days and long American nights with coffees and beers, dogs, and cats. We think of love. Big, big love. Our Mum. Our Dad. Our friends. And of loss. Death and birth. Womanhood, motherhood. Sisterhood.
“And coming home.”
Produced & Mixed by John Congleton
Additional Production by The Staves & Zach Hanson
Production Assistance by Nathanael Graham
Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sounds
This album is available from Nonesuch Records in the US only.
Camilla Staveley-Taylor, vocals, synths, ukulele
Jessica Staveley-Taylor, vocals, guitars, synths, piano
Emily Stavely-Taylor, vocals
Zach Hanson, bass, drums, percussion, synths
Luke Reynolds, guitars, bass, synths, piano
Lars Horntveth, woodwinds, lap steel, synths
Ben Lester, synths, pedal steel
Tom Skinner, drums, percussion
Matt Ingram, drums, percussion
Marcus Hamblett, horns