by JEAN-LUC MARSH
One thing should be made explicitly clear to anyone embarking on a trek through the somber terrain that is Untogether: happiness will not be found here. Rather, Blue Hawaii’s sophomore effort takes a sharp turn away from the direction of their sun-dappled debut, exploring the dark side of the dichotomy that is electronic music. Untogether is not an album saturated with Balearic club bangers or infectious hooks. Over the course of eleven songs, a chilly aesthetic is...Read Full Story
So, remember that 12” single on which Braids were going to release their new song “Amends” next month? Here’s that 12”’s a-side, “In Kind,” and with it, the band have confirmed some even better news – both of these tracks will wind up on their sophomore record (and first as a trio) Flourish // Perish, which’ll be out in August. “In Kind” is a lovely song, with Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s vocals doing brilliant acrobatics over her and her band’s tightly woven instrumentals – a stuttering...Read Full Story
Last week we learned that Braids and Purity Ring would appear on a joint 7” single including new tracks from both Canadian psych-poppers. Braids' “Peach Wedding” is now available for streaming, the group's first new song since they dropped their mesmerizing debut, Native Speaker (if you haven't heard lead single “Lemonade” do so now!) and it might be the least twisted and most accessible of their repertoire.The track is still undoubtedly Braids, founded on an eerie, Animal Collective-aping...Read Full Story
Finding a point of reference for Braids is difficult - there are tones of the XX and a feel of the Twilight soundtrack in their foresty howling, but the way it's put together is entirely original. Layer upon layer of carefully created sound is constructed from playful drums, soft keyboards and Raphaelle Standell-Preston's ethereal voice. She reaches eye-watering notes before washing the melody away, delicate and controlled like an...Read Full Story
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