After having released their debut Native Speaker in 2011, BRAIDS have returned with a new 12″ single In Kind // Amends. Out June 11th on Arbutus Records, the 12″ features two singles from their forthcoming sophomore album, as well as two exclusive b-sides.
After 18 months of touring in support of Native Speaker, along with the departure of a band member, the group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording. While Native Speaker was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting. Sonically, the songs from these sessions are delicate and tight, yet thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable.
12″ opener “In Kind”, Written live, it is a layered and emotionally raw saga. “Amends” is a strong contrast, and shows the group’s exploration into electronic and dance music. Filling out the 12″ are two exclusive tracks that explore the textured and atmospheric side of the band – the subtly percussive “Near Enough” and the mesmerizing “A Dawn in Me”.
With In Kind // Amends, BRAIDS is now working with Montreal-based label Arbutus Records. Arbutus will also be releasing BRAIDS’ sophomore LP, due out Fall 2013.