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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
Deep In The IrisBraids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date - powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human. Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell's emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift. Deep In The Iris, out April 28th on Arbutus Records.1. Letting Go
4. Happy When
6. Getting Tired
7. Sore Eyes
8. Bunny Rose
9. Warm Like Summer
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Right From Real“Like a fever dream of Julia Holter merging with Grimes, Ainsworth's future visions weave neoclassical flourishes and enchanted melody-mangles into cool 80's sound-beds, and it sounds fantastic.” - Dazed
“These soundscapes can provide a myriad of emotion, from reassurance to discomfort, anxiety to enthusiasm. [...] it's an unexpected achievement for such a young artist and a testament to the power of music as a purely visceral force.” - Portals
Composer / producer / singer Lydia Ainsworth has been secretly writing and recording songs over the past three years from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for film and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs with a life of their own.
Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut “Right From Real” thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources - Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise… to name a few. This sense of unexpected marriages of influence flows throughout much of Lydia’s work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique minimalist fabric.1. Candle
2. White Shadows
4. Take Your Face Off
8. The Truth
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Picture You StaringFirst 1000 Copies On Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear Colored Vinyl
Includes Huge 18x24 Party Poster
TOPS are a four-piece band from Montreal, equal parts girls and guys, delivering a raw punk take on AM studio pop. Their new record, Picture You Staring, is a lush array of timelessly crafted songs.
Singer Jane Penny gives a new voice to the silent girl at the edge of the circle, disillusioned but honest and unpretentious, a tone complemented by David Carriere's seamless guitar playing and the measured drumming of Riley Fleck. TOPS' subtle arrangements are delivered with a cool restraint that blend with the individuality and self-assured desire of their female lead.
Picture You Staring gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded and produced at Arbutus Records' studio in Montreal over the course of a year, this album contains 12 impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listeners.1. Way to be Loved
2. Blind Faze
3. Circle the Dark
5. All the People Sleep
7. Superstition Future
8. 2 Shy
9. Change of Heart
10. Easier Said
11. Driverless Passenger
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Flourish//PerishAfter having released their critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, and hot off the heels of their 12" single In Kind // Amends, BRAIDS have returned with their new LP Flourish // Perish out on Arbutus Records.
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.1. Victoria
10. In Kind
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Bermuda Waterfall (Awaiting Repress)“The utter rawness and sincerity of his performance is absolutely captivating.” – Pitchfork
“Montreal's best kept secret (...) sparkles like Elliott Smith hopped up on Arthur Russell's happy pills.” – NM
bermuda waterfall= invisible action, unconscious fertilization, the subconscious master plan continuum
Much of the words to Bermuda (which i feel are the center piece) were written whilest travelling between one place i loved and another place/people i loved, and trying to describe my most potent dreams related to my most potent life experiences. there was a feeling of disappointment in communication with the people that i'm calling out to connect with through my performances and travels in the last year, a feeling of loneliness.
I had to have faith with the meanings of the poetry because more then ever it was lifted from my life often without being understood, only knowing that they were events, truths i admired, truthfully complex as anything so haunting can be interpreted in so many ways, like any dream funny or sexual, or horrifying. not so much knowing the reasons, but just the experiences as mysterious as they are to me. i promise that i was as straight forward with the words as possible in describing these nuances.
Full of yin and yang, and just sitting back and taking a look at my life, something i'm happy with, and came naturally in the words of which i intended for the first time nothing. i'll have to wait a few years before i understand exactly whats going on in the record, in this time in my life, and i'm alright with that, cos i'm into mystery. – Sean Nicholas Savage1. Boogie Nights
3. The Rat
6. Hangin On
7. Bermuda Waterfall
9. Hands Dance
10. Please Set Me Free
12. Some Things Never Die
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Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
And when you want the full and real alt rock experience, you’ve gotta try it out on vinyl, and SoundStage Direct is your one-stop shop for all the best alternative rock vinyls.