Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Braids: They whip their hair back and forth

Hello and welcome to Braids. The quartet, from Montreal, are highly skilled purveyors of dreamy indie pop. Which is a good thing, because they would never have succeeded in their alternative chosen careers as Canada's official hide and seek team.

Cheap jokes aside, Braids' official biography is a delight:

Four Calgary high school students decided to form a band one day in the cafeteria. They began practicing and entered their high school's battle of the bands competition. They lost to a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band. They were not discouraged.

And their music is just as good. Current single Lemonade is a supple, rippling soundscape, with harmonies bobbing to the surface like mermaid calls from the depths of the ocean. It's quite beguiling.

Braids- Lemonade

If you think that slow-building, sonically complex song would be impossible to replicate live, think again. Braids can even do it, busker-style, as they walk down a disused railway line. Amazing.

Braids - Lemonade (acoustic)

The single is out on 14th March, or you can download it without fear of retribution from Stereogum.

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