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Braids – “Miniskirt” Video

When I wrote about “Miniskirt,” the first single off of Braids’ Deep In The Iris, I claimed that it was a feminist anthem, an aggressive bone-chilling takedown of misogyny told through a personal story. Raphaelle Standell’s lyrics lack subtlety, and that’s what makes them so powerful. “In my position I’m the slut/ I’m the bitch/… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 3, 2015 - 10:47 am

Stream Braids Deep In The Iris

When Braids announced their third full-length with the release of “Miniskirt,” it became clear that Deep In The Iris was slated to make a statement. The single is all at once a takedown of deeply ingrained patriarchal societal structures, of domestic violence, and of slut-shaming. It’s an anthem and an audacious first offering. But though… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 20, 2015 - 10:42 am

Braids – “Taste”

Braids has always been intense. After all, this is the band that constructed an eight-minute epic around the words, “I’m fucked up.” But the Braids of Deep In The Iris are marked by an emotional directness that was previously only occasionally bubbled to the surface. “Miniskirt” was the pinnacle of that — and you ca… More »

By: James Rettig / March 4, 2015 - 10:37 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yesterday, we woke up with a new broody Drake short film to watch with breakfast, and by bedtime, we had a new broody Drake mixtape to listen to over sleepy tea. If those 17 songs had dropped Wednesday instead, we’d likely be talking about one of them below. But we’ll get to Drake next week. More »

By: Stereogum / February 13, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Braids – “Miniskirt”

Initially, I didn’t want to project too much onto this song, but damn did Braids just release one of the most spine chilling feminist anthems of the new year. “Miniskirt” is the first single off of the Montreal-based band’s third LP Deep In The Iris, which will be released later this year on Arbutus records. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 10, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Braids – “Deep Running”

Montreal-based Braids have shared an outtake from last year’s excellent Flourish // Perish that would have fit in nicely on the back half of that album. If you’ve listened to Braids before you should know what to expect by now: a slow start that builds in layers before everything dissolves into Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s ethereal yelp,… More »

By: James Rettig / April 28, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Braids – “Fruend”

Oblique Montreal electro-poppers Braids are about to return with the new album Flourish // Perish, and we’ve been posting songs from the LP for months: “Amends,” “In Kind,” “Hossak.” The latest one that they’ve shared is “Freund,” which I’m pretty sure is named after the way I misspelled “Freud” for way, way longer than I’d… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2013 - 11:48 am

Braids – “Hossak”

Next month, Montreal’s Braids release the Flourish // Perish LP, which has already provided the tracks “In Kind” and “Amends.” Today’s sample is “Hossak,” which is yet another fine piece of delicate, outsider electro-pop, a porcelain lullaby bathed in stuttering, wavy digital production. Hear it to be mellow, wavy:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Braids – “In Kind” Video

Braids are slated to release Flourish // Perish later this summer. We’ve already been given a preview of what’s on deck for the follow-up to 2011’s Native Speaker with the “In Kind“/”Amends” 12″ that was released last month. Today they’ve released an expansive video for “In Kind” — even longer than its original six… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 17, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Braids – “In Kind”

Montreal’s Braids stopped off here last month with a pretty, electronic, vocally effected six-minute track called “Amends,” the b-side from a 12″ led by “In Kind,” the song you can hear today. It is another six-minute track, making this 12″ a real value from a durational standpoint. It is, also, another beauty, so you should… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 28, 2013 - 10:53 am

Braids – “Amends”

Montreal’s Braids first came on our radar as the Neighbourhood Council, before disappearing awhile and reemerging under this new moniker (and a second BTW designation). The title change came with a more refined electronic aesthetic, though the outfit’s seraphic vocals and contravention of conventional song structure stayed strong in the game. The six-minute single “Amends”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2013 - 10:41 am

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010

With fall on the horizon, we’re escaping a slow summer and shifting into that final, fertile phase of the music year’s release cycle. Which makes it a ripe time to get some perspective on the year, in terms of the big records from past favorites, and here, the bands that have introduced themselves as new… More »

By: Stereogum / September 1, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Band To Watch: Braids

A couple of years ago we wrote about a young Calgary band, the Neighborhood Council. They had a single self-released EP. The band’s still pretty young, but have since moved to Montreal, changed their name to Braids (no, not Braid, emo boy), and are set to release a full-length, Native Speaker. With the name change… More »

By: Stereogum / May 5, 2010 - 11:41 am