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."
The Staves, originally from Watford, England, are three sisters: Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar), and Camilla (vocals, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor. The Staves released their first full-length album - 2012's Dead & Born & Grown - to critical acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "a debut of stellar beauty and hidden depths," while the Telegraph, in its four-star review, noted that the "graceful melodies reveal a supple strength and modernity."
The band has been busy in the six years since the release of their acclaimed second album, If I Was. Jessica contributed vocals to Leonard Cohen's final, posthumous record Thanks for The Dance, which was produced by his son, Adam Cohen. And all three sang on a handful of tracks for Paul Weller's recent album, On Sunset, in addition to performing with artists like Lucy Rose, Bon Iver, and Flyte over the years.
- Vinyl LP
- Good Woman
- Best Friend
- Careful, Kid
- Next Year, Next Time
- Nothing's Gonna Happen
- Waiting On Me To Change