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…]