Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” has everything a fine novel should — misunderstanding, scandal, chivalry, love.
But most importantly, “Pride and Prejudice” has a heroine it’s hard not to root for: Elizabeth Bennet.
Lizzy is clever, strong-willed and spirited. She is perfectly imperfect, making mistakes and judgements about her neighbors, including the man who is meant to be her mate, but finding truth in the end.
After reading the novel, she is someone I, and so many others, feel like we know. She has become a friend whose character I understand. If she was a young woman navigating the hurdles of 2012, I imagine I know what she would wear, whose company she would keep and what she would want to discuss.
And after listening to The Staves, I think I also know the music she would listen to.
The Staves is a British group made up of sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, who simply strum an acoustic guitar as they sing.
Their music is clear and natural — reminiscent of Laura Marling — and I can picture Lizzy listening to it while she contemplates the relationship between Jane and Mr. Bingley or what exactly Mr. Darcy is thinking. It’s music to dream to, whether it be while sitting in a field watching the sun rise or looking out the window during a storm at a horizon beyond the rain.
The voices of these three sisters are sweet and celestial. It’s difficult not to hum along when hearing the harmonies they make.
The Staves currently only have an EP available but hopes to release a full-length album sometime this year. I, for one, am eager to see where those serene voices will take this sister act next.
Listen now: “Mexico.” A lovely music video featuring dancing light in a dim house accompanies this song about feeling lost after love.
“Take a trip to Mexico/I heard it’s the place to go/I want to see the colors of another sky.”