Saturday, 22 January 2011


This is Braids. They're a shoegazey semi-baroque band from Montreal via Calgary and just released album Native Speaker via Kanine Records (Jan 18th). The combination of some huge dynamic builds and a round, clear female vocal suck all the pretension out of a genre that can easily sound contrived. This is honest, sprawling dream pop that doesn't try to hard and doesn't restrict itself. New thing to like. Done.

Listen to the album below via Soundcloud to get a feel. They're about to embark on a North American tour with Star Slinger and Baths, which I so wish I could attend. Dang.

image courtesy of stereogum

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