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Although their debut album Native Speaker won t be released until Jan 18th, 2011 (Kanine), Montreal-via-
Calgary based BRAIDS was named one of Stereogum s 40 Best New Bands of 2010. Formed by four best
friends in their last year of high school, their self-recorded and produced album is the product of months of
meticulous craft-work to properly capture the band s entrancing live performance. Delicate layering gives
their experimental pop epics just enough breath to playfully explore the depth of ambient melody. And
while BRAIDS dives into moments of deep obscurity and sonic experimentation, there remains embedded
within the music an unforgettable pop tune. Playing several show at this year s CMJ festival resulted in
glowing reviews from NY Times, Brooklyn Vegan, Nylon, Spinner and more. With their album release, they
will be looking to expand their reach with their first US national tour this spring.


Sounds like this decade distilled: the psychedelic Shiatsu of Animal Collective, the expansiveness of Broken Social Scene and a bit of the primitivist snap-a-longs of High Places and the Blow --Fader

It starts with swirls of keyboards, bubbling aquatically, before Raphaelle Standell-Preston begins whispering naughty, wounded vocals. By the time the chorus first arrives... her voice has swelled to a forceful kick. --NY Times

Braids songs revolve around loops and layers of guitars and keyboards, setting up cascading arpeggios and pointillistic cross-currents, pulsating drones and stereophonic ripples. Clearly, Braids has listened to Minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, and very possibly to bands like Stereolab and Dirty Projectors as well. The music materializes part by part, openly revealing its components before they turn into a hypnotic force: a texture, a motif, a mesh, eventually a voice or voices with verses and choruses and then, often, an instrumental postscript, as if the songs and the cycles within them might still be going on somewhere, just out of earshot.

It's heady music about the body and its imperative . And it's every bit as mesmerizing and vertiginous as desire can be. --JON PARELES --NY Times, 1/18/11

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lemonade
  2. Plath Heart
  3. Glass Deers
  4. Native Speaker
  5. Lammicken
  6. Same Mum
  7. Little Hand

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  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kanine Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,936 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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