Montreal dream-pop trio Braids are dropping their third LP Deep In The Iris on 4/28. Recorded mostly in a cabin in Northern Arizona, the sunny location shines through musically on the new single Taste, while the lyrics to Miniskirt tell a darker story and touch on some heavier themes. Check out both singles and pre-order the limited white/green marbled vinyl below.

Also, Braids will be supporting Purity Ring on their Spring/Summer U.S. & Canadian tour, so get out and support live music!

The Details

Vinyl pre-orders come on limited white/green marbled vinyl.

All vinyl orders include 16-page lyric/photobook!

Powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human. Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronics, the widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch makes this Braids' strongest record to date.

1. Letting Go 4:22
2. Taste 5:01
3. Blondie 4:25
4. Happy When 5:40
5. Miniskirt 4:54
6. Getting Tired 3:32
7. Sore Eyes 3:53
8. Bunny Rose 5:19
9. Warm Like Summer 4:24

To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and 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.

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