Montreal three-piece Braids recently released the second single “Taste” from upcoming album Deep In The Iris. In stark contrast to the intimate and first single “Miniskirt”, (which Stereogum called “one of the most spine chilling feminist anthems of the new year”) “Taste” is a sun-drenched anthem driven by powerful drumming and a propulsive momentum. Now, in celebration of the April 28 release of its third album, one can hear Deep In The Iris in its entirety courtesy of CBC Music.
To record Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, a farm in Vermont, and a gorgeous location in upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date – powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human.
Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronics, Deep In The Iris is easily Braids’ sunniest and most immediate record. While the icy, airless production of their second album Flourish // Perish suited the songs’ inward gaze, the widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch of Deep In The Iris are the perfect complement to its unflinching lyricism.
Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell’s emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift.
The stunning album artwork for Deep In The Iris includes a lavish 12 page colour booklet featuring photos from the year that the band spent working on the album in scenic locales. Deep In The Iris is available across Canada April 28th via Flemish Eye.
Braids on Tour:
2015-04-29 Paris, FR Le Pop Up Du Label
2015-04-30 Brighton, UK The Hope & Ruin
2015-05-01 London, UK Total Refreshment Centre
2015-05-06 Amsterdam, NL Subbacultcha @ Westerliefde
2015-05-13 Montreal, QC Bar PDB Le Ritz
2015-05-14 Toronto, ON The Horseshoe Tavern
2015-05-18 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot *
2015-05-19 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre *
2015-05-20 Lawrence, KS The Granada Theatre *
2015-05-21 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom *
2015-05-22 Dallas, TX Bomb Factory *
2015-05-23 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ *
2015-05-24 Houston, TX House Of Blues *
2015-05-26 New Orleans, LA Republic *
2015-05-27 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre *
2015-05-28 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend *
2015-05-29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
2015-05-30 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer *
2015-06-02 New York, NY Terminal 5 *
2015-06-03 New York, NY Terminal 5 *
2015-06-04 Burlington, VT Higher Ground *
2015-06-05 Montreal, QC Metropolis *
2015-06-07 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Hall *
2015-06-08 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre *
2015-06-09 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue *
2015-06-10 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre *
2015-06-12 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall Ballroom *
2015-06-15 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre *
2015-06-16 Seattle, WA Shobox SoDo *
2015-06-17 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
2015-06-19 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre *
* w/ Purity Ring