Braids >> have recently released their 3rd studio album Deep In The Iris and it's so fucking fantastic. The Canadian synth-pop trio recorded this LP during a bunch of retreats to the mountains of the northeast US as well as the desert southwest. The immersion into nature powerfully takes hold of this entire recording from front to back. Raphaelle Standell's vocals are a strong complement to the soft, dreamlike backdrop of all the synthetic yet natural sounds of the gents. It really feels like being on their excursions when those vocal chords go to work on tracks like 'Taste' and 'Miniskirt' and the keys transition to drum machines going nuts.
Braids are taking the journey back to desert next month to play alongside Purity Ring at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on JUN-22. If you're in town but want to retreat Deep In The Iris with these Canucks, get after the electronic spirit chillaxatives that are the sounds of Braids.