BRAIDS RETURNS WITH TWO BOLD NEW SINGLES, A SONIC APOTHECARY FOR DIGITAL MALAISE

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“For those of u that have ever taken selfies, contorted ur body for selfies, pushed up ur breasts, hid ur breasts, hid ur ass, pushed up ur ass, exaggerated ur bulge, exaggerated ur collarbones, turned up the contrast, softened ur lines, been ghosted, ghosted, used tinder, failed at tinder, fallen down an instagram hole, deleted and downloaded it , deleted and downloaded it, deleted and downloaded it, wandered the drug store for clarity, thought hair dye could ease ur pain, at least for a couple days, and flipped the bird at 1 or all of these things - these songs are 4 u.

We hope you can sing with them, scream with them, dance with them, laugh with them and dream of how u want to feel and deserve to feel. Take a moment for urself.” - Raphaelle

LISTEN TO “COLLARBONES” and “BURDOCK & DANDELION”

BRAIDS’ two new singles, “Collarbones” and “Burdock & Dandelion”, reflect their quintessential sound, yet also exhibit a new, bold and potent musical and lyrical maturity.  Casting a critical eye on our fast-paced, smartphone, media-obsessed culture of consumption, these new songs vulnerably explore the perils of contemporary life and seek redemption from a world that is ‘moving faster / than we ever expected’.  

In “Collarbones”, online dating, impulse-driven intimacy and digital desirability is poked fun at, while “Burdock & Dandelion” turns its critical gaze towards the toxicity of ‘ghosting’, the beauty standards women face that men don’t, and the capitalism of self-care. What emerges in these songs is sonic apothecary for digital malaise, reflecting a generation’s palpable longing for something more real, authentic, less filtered and, ultimately, more human.

We’re here to feel something more
But we’re just hurtling towards
Seeing and feeling nothing
Nothing more than an impulse
To move on to the next thing
And forget the last

BRAIDS are a Montreal-based, three-piece band composed of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Taylor Smith, and Austin Tufts. BRAIDS have solidified a decade-long reputation for their musical ingenuity and established themselves as one of Canada’s most acclaimed art rock bands, releasing three albums: Deep In The Iris (2015), Flourish // Perish (2013), Native Speaker (2011), and the EP Companion (2016).  BRAIDS’ most recent album Deep In The Iris was a landmark record for the band, winning the 2016 JUNO Award for Alternative Album of the Year. With Standell-Preston’s vocals as the pillar of their sound, BRAIDS weave organic and electronic elements together amidst a lyrical landscape that is intimate and emotionally-immersive.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
May 03 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
May 04 - Winooski, VT - Waking Windows
May 06 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
May 08 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd
May 09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
May 11 - New York, NY - Zone One @ Elsewhere
May 12 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Smog

Tickets and more info can be found at www.flemisheye.com/on-tour

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BRAIDS “COLLARBONES” / “BURDOCK & DANDELION”
01 Collarbones
02 Burdock & Dandelion

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“Collarbones”

We are so near
Yet so alone
Sitting next to each other looking at our phones
See the screen light my face in this darkened place
Do you think it makes me look pretty when I soften all my lines away
When I make myself look as far away from real

Breasts pushed up I’m trying to show you
I have collar bones & cleavage you can rest in

This pics lookin’ better than the real
So when my clothes are off and we’re together
I probably won’t look this way again
And I wonder will you still want me then
Will you still want me when
You catch the frowning of my brow and see how my breasts move around
Breasts move around
Breasts move around
Move up and down
Move up and down

Breasts pushed up
I’m trying to show you I have collarbones

Walk with me hand in hand
What the hell is going on ?
We’re here to feel something more
But we’re just hurtling towards
Seeing and feeling nothing
Nothing more than an impulse
To move onto the next thing
And forget the last
Get hold of a new friend
That you’ve never even met
Can I be your new friend ?
I hope I never meet you

Just stay as a number
Help make me feel better
About the craziness that is
This life

Breasts pushed up
I’m trying to show you I have collarbones


“Burdock & Dandelion”

Oops I’m feeling lost again
Guess I’ll wander round the drug store
Till I forget that I feel conflicted
Till I feel calmed
Cause everything around me is moving faster
Than we ever expected
I’ve got a weapon in my pocket
That I’m lifting to my face 90 times a day

I heard I could fix my pain with flower tinctures
Burdock and dandelion, flower tinctures
I heard I could fix my pain with a box hair dye, the red highlight kind

My pain is I’m getting older
And I try not to mind, I really try not to mind

The boy I want is supported by his parents
Doesn’t have the nerve to text me back after a fuck

But has the nerve to ask me if I like my breasts
Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t
But I lied to him and told him that I loved them
And then I died a little inside
I felt the problem was with me
But the problem was with him
What if I asked, do you like your cock ?

Oh gods, I want to feel so beautiful in my skin
And oh gods, I want to find someone to celebrate my state with
And oh gods, will I ever find that one ?
Oh gods, I want to feel so beautiful in my skin
And oh gods, I want to find someone to celebrate my state with
And oh gods, why the hell do we all need someone, want someone ?

Do you ?

BRAIDS PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “JONI”

COMPANION EP OUT NOW VIA FLEMISH EYE

Last week, Montreal trio Braids released a complement to their critically lauded 2015 LP Deep In The Iris, a 19 minute EP 'Companion.'

Today, the JUNO Award winning band shares a video directed by Maria Ines Manchego for the track "Joni". Conceived by vocalistRaphaelle Standell-Preston and shot over a whirlwind weekend in Los Angeles, the video explores the end of a relationship, with a couple striving to reclaim their individuality while remaining close together.  Standell-Preston describes the conception and making of the video on YouTube.

WATCH AND SHARE “JONI” (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) HERE

The band starts a North American and UK tour tomorrow, including performances at Ritual in Ottawa on June 4th, Pemberton Festivalin BC, Wayhome Festival in southern Ontario, the Calgary Folk Music Festival,  and three nights at Casa del Popolo in Montreal.

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BRAIDS ON TOUR:

05.25 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
05.26 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
05.27 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
05.31 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
06.01 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
06.02 - Comet Ping Pong - Washington, DC
06.03 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
06.04 - Ritual - Ottawa, ON
06.17 - The Hug & Pint - Glasgow, SCT
06.18 - Soup Kitchen - Manchester, ENG
06.19 - O2 Academy - Oxford, ENG
06.21 - Patterns - Brighton, ENG
06.22 - Start The Bus - Bristol, ENG
06.23 - Pickle Factory - London, ENG
06.26 - Glastonbury, ENG
06.27 - Arts Centre - Norwich, ENG
07.15 - Pemberton Festival - Pemberton, BC
07.22 - Wayhome Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON
07.23 - Calgary Folk Festival - Calgary, AL
07.27 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, ON
07.28 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, ON

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BRAIDS - COMPANION EP
May 20th,  2016 (LP/Digital)  - 19 minutes

1 Companion
2 Joni
3 Trophies For Paradox
4 Sweet World

Braids’ new EP  Companion follows last year's JUNO Award-winning and Polaris Music Prize -shortlisted Deep In The Iris. Deep In The Iris launched several worldwide tours and garnered the Montreal-based band international critical acclaim for their pristine, intricately ornamented electronic pop music, and  this new 19 minute EP further explores the sonic vistas introduced on that album.

The band completed the tracks on Companion during a burst of creative energy this past August, burrowing deeper into the sonic world they mapped out on the album while digging into new modes of expression and composition. Far from being outtakes or B-sides, the EP presents a beguiling study of extremes —from joy to disaffection, thunderous explosion to delicate introspection— as a cohesive whole. From the rhythmically provocative and melodically supple "Joni" — which conjures a dream meeting of Bjork and Aphex Twin— to the nakedly powerful minimalist arrangement on "Companion" and the patient blossoming of "Sweet World",  Companion once again demonstrates Braids' ability to fuse emotionally powerful songs with their gorgeous, unerring production sensibilities.

The four pieces of music on  Companion offer a brief snapshot of a constantly-evolving group perpetually finding their way forward and exploring the edges of a totally distinctive voice. Though it uses Deep In The Iris as a compositional guidepost,  Companion is a breathtaking journey all of its own.


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Photo:  Karoline Lebrun

Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. Longtime friends, Braids was formed in 2007 in Calgary, AB.  After relocating to Montreal, the band released their critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, and the follow-up Flourish // Perishfollowed in 2013.  In 2015, Braids released their arresting third album Deep In The Iris, netting them a JUNO Award and a spot on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist.  Consisting of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith, Braids are a collaborative whole, emphasizing a collective creative experience.

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Braids on Flemish Eye :
http://www.flemisheye.com/braids

Listen to single “Companion” on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/braidsmusic/companion/s-X3Wo1 

Braids press materials :
http://www.flemisheye.com/press/braids

 On Twitter:
https://twitter.com/braidsmusic

 Watch “Companion”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoYfBhMAEUE

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“excellent” - Rolling Stone

“one of the finest records of the year so far” - Drowned In Sound

“melodic, genre-bending, atmospheric music that could soundtrack a train ride or a temper tantrum” - Stereogum

“shiver-inducing” - NOW

“rich with startling little images” - Pitchfork

“achingly vulnerable and tentatively joyful” - Exclaim!

“a brave new chapter” - Noisey

“downright magnetic” -  NPR

“one of the most uniquely artistic forces in music today” - Paste

“an astonishingly beautiful record” - Calgary Herald

“powerful” - Silent Shout

“a punch to the gut, wrapped in rhythmic, electronic warmth” - CBC Music

“a fine ear for getting to the nub of a contrary and unlikely hook” - Irish Times

“will remain in your thoughts long after the speakers go silent” - Beatroute

BRAIDS ANNOUNCE NEW EP COMPANION ALONG WITH A VIDEO, TOUR DATES AND MORE

Photo: Karoline Lebrun

  • The JUNO Award-winning Montreal trio is releasing a new 19-minute EP ‘Companion’ 
  • Watch a stunning new video for the title track
  • They hit the road in May including stops at Glastonbury, Pemberton, and Wayhome
  • Read today’s Pitchfork “Pitch” essay written by lead vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston about “Companion”

New 19-minute EP: “Companion”

Braids’ new EP Companion follows last year's JUNO Award-winning and Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted Deep In The Iris.Deep In The Iris  launched several worldwide tours and garnered the Montreal-based band international critical acclaim for their pristine, intricately ornamented electronic pop music, and  this new 19 minute EP further explores the sonic vistas introduced on that album.

The band completed the tracks on Companion during a burst of creative energy this past August, burrowing deeper into the sonic world they mapped out on the album while digging into new modes of expression and composition. Far from being outtakes or B-sides, the EP presents a beguiling study of extremes —from joy to disaffection, thunderous explosion to delicate introspection— as a cohesive whole. From the rhythmically provocative and melodically supple "Joni" — which conjures a dream meeting of Bjork and Aphex Twin— to the nakedly powerful minimalist arrangement on "Companion" and the patient blossoming of "Sweet World", Companion once again demonstrates Braids' ability to fuse emotionally powerful songs with their gorgeous, unerring production sensibilities.

The four pieces of music on Companion offer a brief snapshot of a constantly-evolving group perpetually finding their way forward and exploring the edges of a totally distinctive voice. Though it uses Deep In The Iris as a compositional guidepost,Companion is a breathtaking journey all of its own.

Watch: New “Companion” Video by Kevan Funk

The Companion release is accompanied by a gorgeous new video for the EP’s title track, and the band is thrilled to have worked once again with Vancouver-based director Kevan Funk, who also helmed last year’s “Taste” and “Miniskirt” videos. Funk is well known for his music videos for artists such as The Zolas and Wake Owl, as well as acclaimed indie films Everything All At Once, Yellowhead, and Destroyer. 

WATCH AND SHARE THE VIDEO FOR “COMPANION” HERE

Vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston has also penned an essay for Pitchfork’s column “The Pitch”. The piece is a powerfully honest exploration of Raphaelle’s feelings surrounding the real-life circumstances that inform the narrative of some of her more recent songs, including “Companion” and last year’s “Miniskirt”, which was hailed by Stereogum as “one of the most spine chilling feminist anthems [of 2015]”.

Raphaelle’s own experiences as a survivor of sexual abuse are brought to the fore, and she speaks candidly of how this informed her art. “It's been an attempt to regain control and agency over something that left me feeling powerless and confused for years,” she says. Raphaelle makes a compelling case for the ongoing exposure of these types of stories to those who are unfamiliar, stating that “through sharing and discussion, we have the power to help one another heal from the hurt we cannot control.”  Read Raphaelle’s “The Pitch” article here.

And finally, Braids is preparing to take the Companion material on the road for three months of tour dates in North America and Europe. The band is scheduled to play a number of truly monumental music events, some of the biggest of their career, and, indeed, some of the larger worldwide outlets for contemporary pop music today. Interspersed with club dates in major cities, the band will perform at major festivals including Britain’s legendary Glastonbury Festival, the Wayhome festival located in the bucolic Ontario countryside, British Columbia’s massive Pemberton Festival, and the Calgary Folk Music Festival. The dates will wrap with three nights on their home turf at the much-loved Montreal venue Casa del Popolo.

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May
06 - Lawnya Vawnya Festival - St. John’s, NL
14 - FORM Arcosanti Festival - Arcosanti, AZ
25 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
26 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
27 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
31 - Great Scott - Boston, MA

June
01 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
02 - Comet Ping Pong - Washington, DC
03 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
04 - Ritual - Ottawa, ON
17 - The Hug & Pint - Glasgow, UK
18 - Soup Kitchen - Manchester, UK
19 - O2 Academy - Oxford, UK
21 - Patterns - Brighton, UK
22 - Start The Bus - Bristol, UK
23 - Pickle Factory - London, UK
26 - Glastonbury Festival - Pilton, UK
27 - Arts Centre - Norwich, UK

July
15 - Pemberton Festival - Pemberton, BC
22 - Wayhome Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON
23 - Calgary Folk Festival - Calgary, AB
27 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC
28 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC

Braids : Companion

May 20th,  2016 (LP/Digital)  - 19 minutes
1 Companion
2 Joni
3 Trophies For Paradox
4 Sweet World
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Photo:  Karoline Lebrun

Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. Longtime friends, Braids was formed in 2007 in Calgary, AB.  After relocating to Montreal, the band released their critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, and the follow-up Flourish // Perish followed in 2013.  In 2015, Braids released their arresting third album Deep In The Iris, netting them a Juno win and a spot on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist.  Consisting of Raphaelle Standell, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith, Braids are a collaborative whole, emphasizing a collective creative experience.

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Braids on Flemish Eye :
http://www.flemisheye.com/braids

Listen to single “Companion”  on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/braidsmusic/companion/s-X3Wo1

Braids press materials :
http://www.flemisheye.com/press/braids

On Twitter:
https://twitter.com/braidsmusic

Watch “Companion”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoYfBhMAEUE

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“excellent” - Rolling Stone

“one of the finest records of the year so far” - Drowned In Sound

“melodic, genre-bending, atmospheric music that could soundtrack a train ride or a temper tantrum” - Stereogum

“shiver-inducing” - NOW

“rich with startling little images” - Pitchfork

“achingly vulnerable and tentatively joyful” - Exclaim!

“a brave new chapter” -  Noisey

“downright magnetic” -  NPR

“one of the most uniquely artistic forces in music today” - Paste

“an astonishingly beautiful record” - Calgary Herald

“powerful” - Silent Shout

“a punch to the gut, wrapped in rhythmic, electronic warmth” - CBC Music

“a fine ear for getting to the nub of a contrary and unlikely hook” - Irish Times

“will remain in your thoughts long after the speakers go silent” - Beatroute