Canadian three-piece Braids have just announced the follow-up to their 2015 Polaris Music Prize nominated LP Deep In The Iris. The 19-minute EP Companion, written during the sessions for last years album, will drop just in time for their UK tour in June, which includes an appearance at this years Glastonbury Festival.
Out on May 20th, via Arbutus Records, Companion includes the track ‘Sweet Worlds’ and latest single – the title-track ‘Companion’, whose incredibly moving video you can watch below. A track with distinct sonic traces of last years Deep In The Iris, but the Montreal art-pop trio dismiss this latest release as purely ‘b-side’ material, but as a standalone journey all of it’s own.
Talking about the personal meaning and subject matter behind the latest single and video, singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston recently told Pitchfork; “It’s a song that deals with the aftermath of my family finding out about the sexual abuse… It’s about how everything can change in a moment, and suddenly you’ve lost it all”. You can read Reclamation Through A Microphone, Raphaelle’s powerful and moving essay on dealing with, and changing the perception of sexual abuse through song writing here (via Pitchfork).
Along side their performance at Glastonbury, you can catch the band throughout June on their UK tour, including dates in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, London and Oxford (see full tour schedule below).
Video directed by Kevan Funk
Braids UK Tour, June 2016:
17/06 – The Hug & Pint – Glasgow
18/06 – Soup Kitchen – Manchester
19/06 – O2 Academy – Oxford
21/06 – Patterns – Brighton
22/06 – Start The Bus – Bristol
23/06 – Pickle Factory – London
26/06 – Glastonbury Festival – Pilton
27/06 – Arts Centre – Norwich
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