Braids : Flourish // Perish

Braids : Flourish // Perish

2013 | CD/LP/Digital | 026

Hot on the heels of their 12" single In Kind // Amends, BRAIDS have returned with their new LP Flourish // Perish. Their first full-length after the critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, the new double LP captures the maturation of the band over the last two years and is out August 20th on Flemish Eye Records in Canada. The second single from the LP and 12”  is now streaming on YouTube and at Pitchfork.

Flourish // Perish showcases the strength of the band as a collective, and explores their burgeoning love for electronic music.  The band brings their widely disparate strengths together to create a distinctive voice; the organic and complex rhythms dance and spar with sparsely decorative sounds, often fragmented, tampered, and filtered beyond recognition. Interwoven amongst these threads is the layered voice of Standell-Preston, her engaging lyrics and human performance drawing the listener close.

After 18 months of touring in support of the Polaris Prize-shortlisted Native Speaker –along with the departure of a band member– the group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording.  While the debut was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting for the follow up.  Sonically, the songs from these sessions are delicate and tight, yet thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable, demonstrating the group's emotional growth and maturity since their last record.

Track Listing

1 Victoria
2 Fruend
3 December
4 Hossak
5 Girl
6 Together
7 Ebben
8 Amends
9 Juniper
10 In Kind


"Rich and strange, these Canadians recall Radiohead at their experimental best"
- Time Out

"a masterclass in restrained beauty"
NME (8/10)

“Can’t wait for the next album, because good things come in threes.”
- Globe & Mail

"Overall one of the best albums of 2013."
- (10/10)

"The new album from the Canadians is one of the most convincing, precise electro-pop works of the season"
- Musikexpress

“majestic and sculptural… a patient album that breezes through 10 steadily pulsing tracks”
-Pigeons and Planes

"It's a defiantly human album, depth and nuance adding satisfying layers to an already intriguing band."
- the 405 (8/10)

“Braids has perfected their knack for consistently being able to draw the listener in with each song and bring them into their own world of trance like bliss.”
-Aesthetic Magazine

“Rich layers of atmospheric rhythms and dissolving percussion”
– Paste


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