It’s so refreshing to see bands like Braids — two guys, two girls, all friends since high school, continually evolving as musicians with the sort of patience that allows for completely level collaboration.
Baths – “Lammicken (Braids cover)”
Having a full US tour with Toro y Moi under their belt, the young four-piece is already pretty accomplished. Their current tour falls quite some time after the release of their debut full-length on Kanine Records, Native Speaker, but the band is working on new material and reinventions of their heavily layered, long-form songs.
Hear “Peach Wedding” on Pitchfork, off their split 7″ with Purity Ring (Fat Possum will do the vinyl release; available digitally from Kanine Records). Braids’ newest track hints at their recent love for European minimal techno, explained keyboardist/vocalist Katie Lee in a phone interview while Braids were in the van touring the East Coast earlier this month:
We all had an idea of going toward a different song structure — something with more of a pulse. All of the music we listen to has a pulse…[we’re] moving on from a space-environment type of music, one with a beat, more of a beat solitude.
I know Raphie wanted to move on with her lyrics; she wanted to write more about the beautiful things. “Peach Wedding” is about a couple growing older and that melancholy sadness with that. That’s something she was dreaming about a lot [at the time].
Braids has geared up for tour with heavier beats, more pedals and a few new songs written before hitting the road. See them tonight with their labelmates Pepper Rabbit at Bottom of the Hill (Painted Palms open – 9pm, $12).