And what I found is that we’re all just sleeping around

Although I am the blessed beneficiary of  an embarrassingly good deal from Emusic (that I’m sure they would like to withdraw if they had chance…) I still find myself hoarding my credits till the end of the month and then spending them crazily to make sure I don’t lose them before the refresh date. It tends to mean that I acquire a bunch of records at the same time and take a while to sift through them.

One of the most congenial ones is this one…


I’m really enjoying the Braids record, Native Speaker, which has had some pretty decent reviews, and sounds a bit Bjork-y, a bit Cocteau Twins-y, with some pretty dubby, reverb-heavy atmospherics thrown in. It’s wistful stuff.

Braids are from Montreal and have been together for a year or so. Native Speaker is their debut record. I believe a European tour is in the offing… Here’s a video recorded by the remarkable folk at Blogotheque of their swoopingly elegant single “Lemonade”

No free downloads that I can find, but here is a Daytrotter session, which is worth getting hold of and is of course free of charge.

Finally here’s another video of the band being interviewed by some feller in Canada, who insists on smoking a pipe (but, hey, live and let live, eh?). They come across as a pretty sweet bunch, enjoying what they’re doing and determined to continue making fine music.

[I have to smile at their repeatedly describing the music as “lush” which here in Gloucester would make them sound like a piece of chocolate cake. I’m fairly sure that’s not what they mean…]

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ArthManual
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 20:47:54

    Yumm Braids, good choice of album Sir.

    Hey! Sweeney,

    Yep! we can meet, i hear that the doors are open at 8pm. I’m meeting a few other people for a pre-gig pint at ZERO DEGREE which is near Colston Hall, i should be there between 6pm and 7.30pm. The Mango Beer at Zero Degrees is Amazing! Hope to see you there, we’ll be the group of bearded Welsh men, you cant miss us 🙂


  2. ArthManual
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 21:21:44

    HaHa! I guess we should loose the boobble hats too! 😉 Yes! Zero Degrees has a Micro Brewery.


    • partlyporpoise
      Feb 28, 2011 @ 07:21:01

      We’ll try and find you there, and if not look out for you at St George’s… I’m tall, thin, balding, middle-aged, beard, glasses… quite the catch really…


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