2. Native Speaker
Hailing from Calgary in Canada, Braids consist of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Katie Lee, Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith. Meeting at a tender age in high school, their self produced EP "Set Pieces" was released in 2008, with their debut album "Native Speaker" out in January earlier this year, recieving critical acclaim internationally.
Fleeting vocals and a dotted percussive alignment have them sitting firmly in the comparative grasps of Animal Collective and 19 strong army Broken Social Scene. Although to merely box them off as experimental folk rock would be a mistake.
Each track they deliver delves into a sea of exploration, creating a dreamlike sound scape to which they increasingly add mythical repetitions, climaxing to heady frenzied explosions albeit perfectly preempted and arranged.
With all members being in their late teens and early twenties, Braids already have us fooled into thinking their sound has been polished through years of rigorous practise, when the reality is they are as fresh as their faces suggest.
...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.
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...