Flourish // Perish
2013 | CD / LP | FLCR026
Beautifully packaged in a matte sleeve, 'Flourish // Perish' is a double LP. Their first full-length after the critically acclaimed debut 'Native Speaker' in 2011, the new double LP captures BRAIDS' maturation over the last two years and was released August 20th 2015.
- In Kind
'Flourish // Perish' showcases the strength of the band as a collective, and explores their burgeoning love for electronic music. The band brings their widely disparate strengths together to create a distinctive voice; the organic and complex rhythms dance and spar with sparsely decorative sounds, often fragmented, tampered, and filtered beyond recognition. Interwoven amongst these threads is the layered voice of Standell-Preston, her engaging lyrics and human performance drawing the listener close.
The band invested most of 2012 recording the album in the band's garage in Montreal (which they converted into a recording studio) and at the Centre Phi
Raphaelle Standell-Preston – guitar, lead vocals
Katie Lee – keyboard, vocals
Austin Tufts – drums, vocals
Taylor Smith – bass, guitar, samples, percussion, vocals
Designer Marc Rimmer created the album's cover art, a floating black orb.
Rich and strange, these Canadians recall Radiohead at their experimental best
a masterclass in restrained beauty
Can’t wait for the next album, because good things come in threes.
GLOBE & MAIL
one of the best albums of 2013
The new album from the Canadians is one of the most convincing, precise electro-pop works of the season
majestic and sculptural… a patient album that breezes through 10 steadily pulsing tracks
PIGEONS AND PLANES
It's a defiantly human album, depth and nuance adding satisfying layers to an already intriguing band.
THE 405 8/10
Braids has perfected their knack for consistently being able to draw the listener in with each song and bring them into their own world of trance like bliss.
Rich layers of atmospheric rhythms and dissolving percussion