Sleeping In A Car

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Sleeping In A Car, a three-song EP from The Staves, is the follow-up to the English trio's acclaimed 2015 Nonesuch debut If I Was. The EP was recorded at Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire, WI, and at Urchin Studios in London. "These songs reflect the transient nature of travelling," says the trio. "Fleeting moments, like a slide show—reflections in car windows, streetlights passing in rhythm, stolen phone calls, late nights. Feelings of displacement and a disconnect—living in some sort of alternate state of reality. But underneath it all is the feeling of adventure and making your own rules and how dizzying and freeing that can be."

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Nonesuch Records releases Sleeping In A Car, a three-song EP from the English trio The Staves, on May 13, 2016. The EP is the follow-up to the band's 2015 Nonesuch debut If I Was, of which the New York Times said "the songs are illuminated from within," and Magnet praised, "The perfection just goes on and on until you start to wonder: Are they human?" Sleeping In A Car was recorded in Eau Claire, WI, at Justin Vernon's April Base studio and also at Urchin Studios in London. The Watford, England–based sisters—Emily (vocals, keyboards), Jessica (vocals, guitar, keyboards), and Camilla (vocals, guitar, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor—will embark on a 17-city North American tour beginning June 3. Stops include Minneapolis, Washington, Nashville, and New York, among others, along with the Firefly, Newport, and Eaux Claires festivals. Sleeping In A Car is available to pre-order digitally from the Nonesuch Store; physical CDs will be available exclusively at the Staves' shows.

The sisters said of the EP, "These songs reflect the transient nature of travelling. Fleeting moments, like a slide show—reflections in car windows, streetlights passing in rhythm, stolen phone calls, late nights. Feelings of displacement and a disconnect—living in some sort of alternate state of reality. But underneath it all is the feeling of adventure and making your own rules and how dizzying and freeing that can be."

The Staves released their first full-length album, Dead & Born & Grown, produced by Glyn and Ethan Johns, in 2012. The Sunday Times called it "a debut of stellar beauty and hidden depths." The band then spent much of the next three years touring the world, including opening spots with the Civil Wars, Ben Howard, and Bon Iver.

During the Bon Iver dates, the sisters formed a bond with Vernon, who invited them to visit April Base's relaxed, idyllic setting, where he ultimately produced If I Was. Following its release, The Staves performed at a string of international festivals, including Glastonbury and Vernon's Eaux Claires, before joining Florence and the Machine's sold-out arena tour of the UK.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded at April Base Studios, Wisconsin and Urchin Studios, London
Engineered and mixed by Zach Hanson at April Base Studios
Additional engineering by Matt Ingram and Dan Cox at Urchin Studios and by Carly Zuckweiler on track 1 at April Base Studios
Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering
Co-produced by The Staves and Justin Vernon

All songs written by The Staves

Photo by Graham Tolbert

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555976

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The Staves
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MUSICIANS
Jessica Staveley-Taylor, vocals (1–3), piano (1, 3), synth (1, 2), claps (1), acoustic guitar (1), electric guitar (1)
Camilla Staveley-Taylor, vocals (1–3), claps (1), ukulele (2)
Emily Staveley-Taylor, vocals (1–3), claps (1)
Matt Ingram, drums (1, 3), percussion (1)
Justin Vernon, synth (2, 3), drums (3)
Zac Hanson, drums (2), piano (3), synth (3)

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MP3
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3.49
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190295955731
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4.00
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190295955724
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96/24 HD FLAC
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5.00
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190295955717
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News & Reviews

  • "The Staves' songs are sweet and melancholic, often belying the depth of emotion and subtleness of their lyrics," says Monocle on Culture host Robert Bound. "Their music manages to be both gentle and punchy, driven home by their perfect, perfect harmonies." The duo is on the podcast to discuss their new album, All Now, which Bound describes as "sonically rich, full of moments of euphoria," and perform live on the show. You can hear it here. Atwood Magazine's Mitch Mosk calls All Now "the strongest releases of the band’s career ... utterly enchanting—a catchy, cohesive, and many-sided listening experience with endless returns."

  • The Staves’ new album, All Now, produced by John Congleton (Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen), is out now, marking their debut album as the duo of Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, after their sister Emily’s departure. “There was a delayed reaction to trauma and these big changes out of your control,” Jess says of the period after the February 2021 release of their album Good Woman, as the band—like everyone—was forced to sit with their thoughts. Struggling after two years of deep solitude and pain, The Staves did what they know how to do best: they got back to writing with the idea of going back to basics and focusing almost solely on each other and their guitars as a starting point.

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch Records releases Sleeping In A Car, a three-song EP from the English trio The Staves, on May 13, 2016. The EP is the follow-up to the band's 2015 Nonesuch debut If I Was, of which the New York Times said "the songs are illuminated from within," and Magnet praised, "The perfection just goes on and on until you start to wonder: Are they human?" Sleeping In A Car was recorded in Eau Claire, WI, at Justin Vernon's April Base studio and also at Urchin Studios in London. The Watford, England–based sisters—Emily (vocals, keyboards), Jessica (vocals, guitar, keyboards), and Camilla (vocals, guitar, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor—will embark on a 17-city North American tour beginning June 3. Stops include Minneapolis, Washington, Nashville, and New York, among others, along with the Firefly, Newport, and Eaux Claires festivals. Sleeping In A Car is available to pre-order digitally from the Nonesuch Store; physical CDs will be available exclusively at the Staves' shows.

    The sisters said of the EP, "These songs reflect the transient nature of travelling. Fleeting moments, like a slide show—reflections in car windows, streetlights passing in rhythm, stolen phone calls, late nights. Feelings of displacement and a disconnect—living in some sort of alternate state of reality. But underneath it all is the feeling of adventure and making your own rules and how dizzying and freeing that can be."

    The Staves released their first full-length album, Dead & Born & Grown, produced by Glyn and Ethan Johns, in 2012. The Sunday Times called it "a debut of stellar beauty and hidden depths." The band then spent much of the next three years touring the world, including opening spots with the Civil Wars, Ben Howard, and Bon Iver.

    During the Bon Iver dates, the sisters formed a bond with Vernon, who invited them to visit April Base's relaxed, idyllic setting, where he ultimately produced If I Was. Following its release, The Staves performed at a string of international festivals, including Glastonbury and Vernon's Eaux Claires, before joining Florence and the Machine's sold-out arena tour of the UK.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Jessica Staveley-Taylor, vocals (1–3), piano (1, 3), synth (1, 2), claps (1), acoustic guitar (1), electric guitar (1)
    Camilla Staveley-Taylor, vocals (1–3), claps (1), ukulele (2)
    Emily Staveley-Taylor, vocals (1–3), claps (1)
    Matt Ingram, drums (1, 3), percussion (1)
    Justin Vernon, synth (2, 3), drums (3)
    Zac Hanson, drums (2), piano (3), synth (3)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recorded at April Base Studios, Wisconsin and Urchin Studios, London
    Engineered and mixed by Zach Hanson at April Base Studios
    Additional engineering by Matt Ingram and Dan Cox at Urchin Studios and by Carly Zuckweiler on track 1 at April Base Studios
    Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering
    Co-produced by The Staves and Justin Vernon

    All songs written by The Staves

    Photo by Graham Tolbert