Deep In The Iris is the third album by experimental pop band, Braids. The three-piece upped sticks from Montreal, Canada to record the album in Vermont, the mountains of Arizona and upstate New York. Deep In The Iris delivers both power and fragility from it’s lush acoustic instrumentation and refined electronics. Although the album has a neatly presented, almost clinical form, there is a human warmth to these songs. Despite some difficult subject matter in the songs, this is regarded as their brightest and most accessible record to date.
8/10 Ian Staff review, 23 April 2015
Ooh a rare treat for me to review a new release this week being as the horror of RSD 2015 has finally subsided. So this is the newie newness from Canada’s Braids which got my juices flowing this morning and being as I reviewed their last record ‘Flourish/Perish’ it seemed fitting for me to spew forth a few words. ‘Deep Into The Iris’ pretty much gives the same vibe as previous albums but this time has a much more jazzy drum-led pop sound, the angelic voice of Raphaelle Standell-Preston is still here in all it’s Bjork-ish bravado and musically there’s loads going on, crystal synth flourishes with near drum and bass beats that blur the line between experimental electronica and beautifully melodic pop music.
Most fans of Braids I’ve spoken to are pretty divided over which is best, the more guitar orientated debut album ‘Native Speaker’ (2011) or the more glitch laden ‘Flourish/Perish’ but this album is quite a nice mix of both, quite artificial sounding but with lots of skittery drums that are near virtuoso in their technicality like Jaga Jazzist jamming with Squarepusher.
My enjoyment of this record is being somewhat spoilt though when office comparisons turn utterly ridiculous, Sinéad O'Connor? (Phil!) and Florence And The Machine? (Clinton!), cloth eared fools!
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