2013’s sophomore LP ‘Flourish // Perish’ was a real statement of intent from Montreal trio ‘Braids’. The wonderful futuristic electronica, loops and the sprinkling of techno offered something a little more alluring than that of their contemporaries.
After such a well-received LP it’s interesting that the band have now re-shuffled their sound once more to release an album that, while still electronica based, contains piano, guitars and songs that contain genuine story-telling and narrative. The result of this new formula is ‘Deep in the Iris’, an album that sparkles throughout and highlights the bands ability to re-invent a genre that they had a major hand in creating.
‘Deep in the Iris’ is an album covering a myriad of subjects that some may not be able to immediately associate with. Loss, pornography, sexism and abuse are all addressed and each is passionately verbalized. Singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s ability to translate this subject matter into reflective vocals is impressive and songs such ‘Mini-skirt’ not only entertain from a musical perspective but also insist that the bands audience share the emotion felt at the songs inception.
This LP is a more approachable affair than its predecessors (even considering the subject-matter). There are subtle indie-pop elements mixed into the delirious percussion and the vocal performances are at times mesmerizing; it’s hard not to be impressed by the albums sheer conviction.
The clever production and song-writing on ‘Deep in the Iris’ showcase a band at the forefront of their genre and one who are willing to evolve to ensure their messages are presented in the most befitting manner.
‘Deep In the Iris’ is out now on Arbutus Records.
The full track-listing for ‘Deep In the Iris’ is as follows…