17 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Watford meets Wisconsin on this stately second album from English sibling trio The Staves. Produced by Justin Vernon, and recorded in his remote midwest studio, If I Was undoubtedly bears the nu-folk imprint of the Bon Iver woodsman—who lends grizzled cowboy vocals to “Make It Holy”—but the Stavely-Taylor sisters are resolutely the stars of their own show. And their luscious, crisp harmonies (whether backed by ragged riffs on “Black & White” or layered into a hummingbird refrain on “Let Me Down”) are a persistent, otherworldly delight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Watford meets Wisconsin on this stately second album from English sibling trio The Staves. Produced by Justin Vernon, and recorded in his remote midwest studio, If I Was undoubtedly bears the nu-folk imprint of the Bon Iver woodsman—who lends grizzled cowboy vocals to “Make It Holy”—but the Stavely-Taylor sisters are resolutely the stars of their own show. And their luscious, crisp harmonies (whether backed by ragged riffs on “Black & White” or layered into a hummingbird refrain on “Let Me Down”) are a persistent, otherworldly delight.

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