Braids: Native Speaker (2011)
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Riding to work this morning I had 'Native Speaker', the debut album by Calgary-based quartet the Braids playing in my ears. The, to some extent, experimental dreampop tracks spend more time in the ambient realm than in the beat-centered electronic world but the outcome is definitely promising. The tracks feature heavily layered textures built around Raphaelle Standell-Preston's powerful yet aetheric vocals. Raphaelle's voice is truly great and she handles it pretty well, tough sometimes she tends to be a little too much for this music. At some point point her performance reminded me of Nika Roza Danilova (a.k.a. Zola Jesus) and this could be a compliment, but it does not really fit in the music on 'Native Speaker'. As far as I can hear, the Braids have yet to find their own signature sound and need a little more time to hone their songwriting, but like I said, they are definitely worth the attention. They can be awesome one or two albums later.