After having released their critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, and hot off the heels of their 12" single In Kind // Amends, BRAIDS have returned with their new LP Flourish // Perish out August 20th on Arbutus Records.
Flourish // Perish showcases the strength of the band as a collective, and explores their burgeoning love for electronic music. Here, 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 and tampered. 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 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 Native Speaker was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting. 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.
With Flourish // Perish, BRAIDS marks an exciting new partnership with Montreal-based label Arbutus Records.
w/ Wye Oak:
05.02 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
05.03 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
05.05 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.06 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.07 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
05.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
05.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
05.16 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
05.17 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
05.18 - St, Louis, MO - Old Rock House
05.20 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
05.21 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.