On their new album Flourish // Perish, Montreal’s Braids have shifted towards a more introspective and electronic sound reminiscent of vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s other project, Blue Hawaii.
Braids are a band constantly in a state of flux. After starting to make music together in high school, they relocated from Calgary to Montreal, changed their name, and totally reshaped their sound into a mix of folk, experimentation, and ambient electronica heavily influenced by mid-period Animal Collective. While their tight live performances and promising 2011 debut, Native Speaker, earned them a lot of good press, their upcoming sophomore album Flourish // Perish finds them on the move once again, shedding a band member as well as the Avey Tare aping in favor of a more introspective and electronic sound reminiscent of vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s other project, Blue Hawaii.
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