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the way is read


limited edition 140g lp

Released: 8th Dec 2017


this collaboration flourishes in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds, and where old folk modes and textures are chopped up and put together in beautiful new ways.

After being commissioned in 2016 by Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival to collaborate on a live performance piece, The Staves delved deep into yMusic’s catalogue of contemporary classical compositions to find pieces suited to their lyrics and vocals. yet what emerged was a burst of creativity, new staves songs emerging from the immersion in intricate chamber music. “one of most surprising and dynamic recordings of the year. Using the beautiful vocal synergy of the Staves there’s already huge harmonic power, and the overpowering emotive power that yMusic’s orchestration provides culminates in a powerhouse of musical talent” 8/10 – northern transmissions

the way is read


  1. Hopeless
  2. Take Me Home
  3. Trouble On My Mind
  4. Bladed Stance
  5. All My Life
  6. Silent Side
  7. Year of the Dog
  8. Courting Is A Pleasure
  9. All The Times You Prayed
  10. Appetite
  11. Sprig of Thyme
  12. The Way Is Read