Album Review: Braids – Native Speaker (Kanine)

Taking influence from the blogosphere, Braids release their record

There’s probably not much to do growing up in [b]Alberta[/b], [b]Canada[/b] – assuming you’re not into shooting animals and freezing in log cabins – and few places to hear new music either. So it’s not surprising that [a]Braids[/a], clearly immersed in the blogosphere, stew up influences from some of the biggest 2.0 hits of the last few years on their debut. Fronted by [b]Raphaelle Standell-Preston[/b], who sings like a less tiring [a]Joanna Newsom[/a] on [b]’Plath Heart'[/b], the four-piece deal with [b]Animal Collective’s[/b] arpeggiated synths, chillwave’s hazy guitars and [b]Gang Gang Dance’s[/b] tribal percussion. Yes, the echoes, thrumming electronics and afrobeat rhythms are so zeitgeisty it hurts, but the songs, especially opener [b]’Lemonade'[/b], are ear-wormy enough to guarantee a place all their own in your heart. As long as [a]Braids[/a] can escape unscathed from the hype machine, this could be an amazing journey.

[i]Tom Pinnock[/i]

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