In their music Relatives blend the dissonant tonalities of the 20th century with the unadorned folk songs of Appalachia. The
group was created in New York City in 2007 by Ian Davis,
Katie Vogel and Gabriel Gall. Together they self-released two EPs, They Love You Well (2009) and Tardy Mark (2011), and put out a full-length album, The Relatives (2011), on the Museum People label.
In the fall of 2011, Gall left the group and
Vogel and Davis reconfigured with Ross Edwards. Relatives
writes and performs both as a duo/trio as well as a
full-band ensemble, often incorporating winds, strings, horns, and
additional singers into their music. In 2013 they signed with MDR, an independent, Cork-based record label who put out their most recent EP; The Signs That Mock Me As I Go.