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Biography

Canadian indie rock/shoegaze ensemble Braids made noisy, somewhat experimental pop that owed a heavy debt to various shoegaze bands of the '90s. Featuring the talents of keyboardist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, guitarist Katie Lee, guitarist Taylor Smith, and drummer Austin Tufts, Braids originally started out as the Calgary-based band the Neighborhood Council. The four-piece released an EP before relocating to Montreal and changing its name. Braids released their debut full-length album, Native Speaker, in early 2011. Later that year, the album was shortlisted for a Polaris Music Award. After contributing to the band's second album, Flourish//Perish, Lee left the group. In June 2013, the In Kind//Amends EP offered the first taste of Braids' more streamlined, electronic-based sound. For 2015's Deep in the Iris, the group recorded in Vermont, upstate New York, and the mountains of Arizona, opting for a more organic sound that highlighted Standell-Preston's vulnerable songwriting. The following year's fittingly named Companion EP, which featured songs written during the Deep in the Iris era, continued in this direction. ~ Matt Collar
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Albums

Top Tracks

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  2.   Lammicken
  3.   Native Speaker
  4.   In Kind
  5.   Plath Heart
  6.   Little Hand
  7.   Bunny Rose
  8.   Near Enough
  9.   Getting Tired
  10.   Lemonade
  11.   Sweet World
  12.   Taste
  13.   December
  14.   Sore Eyes
  15.   Miniskirt
  16.   Hossak
  17.   Companion
  18.   Warm Like Summer
  19.   Trophies for Paradox
  20.   Amends
  21.   Glass Deers
  22.   Ebben
  23.   Same Mum
  24.   Peach Wedding
  25.   Joni
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