Braids: Flourish // Perish
Beautifully packaged in a matte sleeve, Flourish // Perish is a double LP. Their first full-length after the critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, the new double LP captures BRAIDS' maturation over the last two years and is out August 20th on Flemish Eye Records in Canada.
Flourish // Perish showcases the strength of the band as a collective, and explores their burgeoning love for electronic music. The band brings their widely disparate strengths together to create a distinctive voice; the organic and complex rhythms dance and spar with sparsely decorative sounds, often fragmented, tampered, and filtered beyond recognition. Interwoven amongst these threads is the layered voice of Standell-Preston, her engaging lyrics and human performance drawing the listener close.
After 18 months of touring in support of the Polaris Prize-shortlisted Native Speaker –along with the departure of a band member– the group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording. While their debut was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting for the follow up. Sonically, the songs from these sessions are delicate and tight, yet thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable, demonstrating the group's emotional growth and maturity since their last record.