BRAIDS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

Deep in the Iris Ar­bu­tus Braids are ca­pa­ble of mak­ing a com­pelling rat­tle. Be­tween the as­tute, hazy tribal grooves of de­but al­bum Na­tive Speaker and the chal­leng­ing fric­tion of fol­low-up Flour­ish//Per­ish, the Mon­treal band have shown a fine ear for get­ting to the nub of a con­trary and un­likely hook. It’s clear on Deep in the Iris that they have honed their skills over the three al­bums to the point where their art-rock now swings with both brawn and brains. The sounds em­ployed on the open­ing

Let­ting Go and Sore Eyes, for in­stance, are full of dra­matic pounce and punch, but they don’t dis­tract from ei­ther song’s big pay­off in the shape of that mag­netic hook. They can do big room spec­ta­cle too, with both

Miniskirt and Warm Like Sum­mer full of the kind of zig-zag mo­men­tum which un­der­pins the best of wonky pop and out-there rock.face­book.com/braidsmu­sic

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