BRAIDS "Native Speaker" CD
BRAIDS was formed by four best friends in their last year of High School in Calgary, Alberta. Convincing one another to skip university, they stayed in the garage all year and practiced obsessively, even while their fingers froze during the cold prairie winters. Then, at 18 years old, they took the bold step of moving across the country to Montreal, where they began crafting their self recorded, self produced debut album, Native Speaker.
Oscillating between density and spaciousness, BRAIDS’ sound is not easy to define. The four members construct music which is ample and rolling, perhaps alluding to the landscapes of their youth, but filled with radical textures and startling immediacy. Delicate layering gives their experimental pop epics just enough breath to playfully explore the depth of ambient melody. Though BRAIDS dives into moments of deep obscurity and sonic experimentation, there remains embedded within the music the hypnosis of an unforgettable pop tune.
Native Speaker, is the accumulation of months of meticulous work to properly capture the band’s entrancing live performance. Averaging over 6 minutes and never coming in under 4, the tracks on Native Speaker maintain that deep seeded focus.
The band has an unusually collaborative dynamic, generating all of their sweeping sounds live in a synergistic maelstrom. Even their name evokes a feeling of something continuous and progressive, yet lush and intertwining. It implies the interweaving of all four members’ musical ideas, favouring a collective and equal input.
Native Speaker is a reflection of a real coming of age for the four intricately linked musicians. It captures a period of innocence and a period of change, yet comes off as strikingly mature beyond their years. Most importantly, it displays a yearning and striving to break through, an ambitious debut for a young band just getting started.