"Braids’ songs revolve around loops and layers of guitars and keyboards, setting up cascading arpeggios and pointillistic cross-currents, pulsating drones and stereophonic ripples." -New York Times

“The quartet’s bracing debut Native Speaker is almost Inception-like in its warping of reality, equally tactile and dissolute, cerebral and surreal and ultimately haunting for its refusal to answer questions the same way twice.” – Pitchfork

"It’s heady music about the body and its imperatives. And it’s every bit as mesmerizing and vertiginous as desire can be." – New York Times

"glimmering, pastoral post-rock with foul-mouthed lyrics chirped unfiltered from the psyche of singer Raphelle Standell-Preston"
8/10 Stars – SPIN Magazine

"at times nutty, at times serene, mash-up of pastoral guitar babble, minimal orchestral drones, loopy chorale vocals and porous, roiling rhythms." – Rolling Stone

"The band’s debut album is what the early adopters of Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene are going to be listening to and talking about this year." – Globe and Mail

"a unique, mesmerizing timbre that sounds like the reckless daughter of Panda Bear and Sugarcubes-era Bjork. …you have yourself one of the most invigoratingly singular pop tones racing across the blogosphere today." Blurt Magazine

“Braids’ forward-thinking orchestration and deeply passionate delivery makes Native Speaker a sublime debut, and it stands as the year’s first truly outstanding record” – Toronto Eye Weekly

"Native Speaker is an amalgam of feminine assertion and unabashed lust" – Filter Magazine

“…fluttering, chiming keys and jangly, arpeggiated guitars, pitter-pattering drums and graceful, crackling ambience…” – Montreal Mirror

“By releasing Native Speaker this early in the year, Braids has surely set out a statement of intent that many will be hard-pressed to improve upon over the next 12 months. At turns glacial and frantic, sweet-hearted and menacing, it’s a musical manifesto laid out in ebbs and flows of enveloping sound.” – FFWD

"BRAIDS, from Montreal, at #CMJ: enthralling Minimalist counterpoint, tinkly bell tones, pure harmony chorales and…boyfriend putdowns!" Jon Pareles, New York Times

“The lovely, light “Lemonade” is the first single from the forthcoming Braids album Native Speaker (Kanine). … even though this song clocks in at almost seven minutes, it sounds terse and controlled, showing just enough pain — and skill — to make a point.”

New York Times

"led by girl wonder Raphaelle Standell-Preston, who…packs one hell of a vocal punch that brings to mind a mix of Bjork and Kate Bush." – BUST

“They’re only wee, but this isn’t at all precious stuff. Somehow they’ve managed to sound colossal and timely all at once.” –
The Tripwire

“…show the maturity and understanding required for a band to blossom into something great… Braids shows patience at an early age, letting the listener move with the changes in melody and pace.” – Herohill

“…BRAIDS let the song unravel like Stereolab would by keeping it so warm and beautifully controlled throughout. Not everyone needs to bottle up and explode and I think to be able to pull that off with the kind of music they make is pretty remarkable.”

– Exclaim!

“They play a sort of spacey, experimental pop that calls to mind Animal Collective, Broken Social Scene, and Telepathe.” – The Independent

Tour Dates
9/6 – Mercury Lounge – New York NY *$%
9/7 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia PA *#
9/8 – DC9 – Washington DC *#
9/9 – The Pour House – Raleigh NC w/Japandroids, Disappears, Soft Company
9/10 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta GA *#
9/11 – Bottletree Birmingham – AL *#
9/12 – The End – Nashville TN *#
9/13 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL *#
9/14 – Maintenance Shop – Ames IA *#
9/15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis MN *#
9/16 – The Royal Albert Arms Hotel – Winnipeg MB *#
9/18 – Jale – Saskatoon SK Sea Oleena, Loom
9/20 – The Republik – Calgary AB *#
9/22 – Rifflandia – Victoria BC #
9/23 – Electric Owl – Vancouver BC *^
9/24 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle WA *#
9/25 – Holocene – Portland OR *#
9/27 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco CA *#
9/28 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa CA *#
9/29 – Echo – Los Angeles CA *#
9/30 – Sail Inn – Phoenix AZ *#
10/1 – Sol at Santa Fe Brewing Company – Santa Fe NM *#
10/2 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso TX *#
10/4 – The Mohawk – Austin TX*#
10/5 – Club Dada – Dallas TX *#
10/6 – Firebird – Saint Louis MO *#
10/7 – The Bishop – Bloomington IN *#
10/8 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland OH*#
10/9 – Magic Stick Lounge – Detroit MI *#
10/10 – Call The Office – London ON #@
10/11 – The Grad Club – Kingston ON #@
10/12 – The Ebar – Guelph ON #@
10/13 – The Casbah – Hamilton ON #@
10/14 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto ON #
10/15 – Babylon – Ottawa ON #@
10/16 – Le Cercle – Quebec QC #@
10/17 – The Capital Complex – Fredericton NB
10/19 – SPACE – Portland ME #
10/20 – Great Scott – Allston MA #@
10/21 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY #$
10/27 – Cabaret Mile End – Montreal QC

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