NPR has selected the Staves as a “Musician You Should Know” in an edition of All Songs Considered that revolves around artists “making magic out of circumstance”. The accompanying feature, which highlights If I Was standout cut “No Me, No You, No More”, tells the story of the song’s creation in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin recording studio of Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon. Read it here.
Though “No Me, No You, No More” is a stripped-down affair, other songs on If I Was – including album opener “Blood I Bled” – are more instrumentally lush. Filmed in India, the video for that song tells a story about intersecting lives. According to Stereogum, “the video, like the song, is just ravishingly beautiful, and you don’t need to know what, exactly, is going on to enjoy it”. Watch the Nick Rutter-directed clip here.
The Staves’ album is back in the top 100 on the CMJ Radio 200 this week. Keep supporting this aching, gorgeous album with spins!