I’m a bit late on the BRAIDS bandwagon, but I suppose it’s better late than never.
Filled with the quiet murmurs of babbling streams, enigmatic echoes, and an air of mystery, BRAIDS is like some primordial spirit that emerged when the first trees sprang to life. Lush harmonious layers and driving beats with a subtly uplifting undercurrent, (think Young Galaxy or Land of Talk) provide the perfect complement to Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s magical elfin voice.
With twinges of shoegaze, BRAIDS sounds a bit like a dreamier version of Broken Social Scene’s art rock in that each song is packed with a deluge of ideas and melodic lines that pull you in several directions.
Check out “Lemonade” and “Plath Heart” from their debut album Native Speaker released earlier this year on Flemish Eye.