Announce “Companion” EP
Watch the video for the title track here:
UK tour in June including Glastonbury
Singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston Shares A Brave & Powerful Essay on Sexual Abuse & Empowerment Through Art, Read Reclamation Through A Microphone on Pitchfork
2015 saw the release of Braids‘ debut LP, Deep In The Iris, and on Friday the Montreal trio announced a follow-up EP, Companion, and shared the video to the title-track. Alongside this, singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston has shared a brave and powerful personal essay about how she dealt with sexual abuse through songwriting, how she found healing, and an inspiring push for change in sexual abuse perception. Read Reclamation Through A Microphone via Pitchfork’s The Pitch.
Braids have also announced a summer tour, details below. Companion will be outMay 20th via Arbutus Records.
UK tour dates:
06/17 – The Hug & Pint – Glasgow, UK – Tickets
06/18 – Soup Kitchen – Manchester, UK – Tickets
06/19 – O2 Academy – Oxford, UK – Tickets
06/21 – Patterns – Brighton, UK – Tickets
06/22 – Start The Bus – Bristol, UK – Tickets
06/23 – Pickle Factory – London, UK – Tickets
06/26 – Glastonbury Festival – Pilton, UK – Tickets
06/27 – Arts Centre – Norwich, UK – Tickets
Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. In the spring of 2015 they released Deep In The Iris, their standout third record. Companion is the band’s latest 19 minute EP, written during the Deep In The Iris sessions, and completed during a burst of creative energy in August 2015.
Here Braids use the Deep In The Iris palette to paint decidedly different vistas – joy, disaffection, thunderous explosion to delicate introspection, the minimalistic power of “Companion” to the patient blossoming of “Sweet World”. The EP offers a brief snapshot of a constantly-evolving group, perpetually exploring the edges of their unique voice.
Distinct in their own right, these four tracks are not to be dismissed as b-sides, outtakes, or the lesser of a group of songs. Though it uses Deep In The Iris as a compositional guidepost, Companion is a breathtaking journey all of its own.