Braids announce new EP, Companion, share video for moving title track — watch

Montreal band comes back with four new tracks from the Deep in the Iris sessions


Braids have announced a new EP, Companion, due out May 20 via Arbutus/Flemish Eye. The four-track effort consists of songs written during the sessions for one of last year’s best albumsDeep in the Iris.

(Read: Braids: Deep in the Essence)

As a first listen, the Montreal outfit has shared the video for the title tracks. “Companion” is a moving, haunting track built on the heavy breaths of synths. The video is equally stirring, featuring frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston singing to her own doppelgänger while roaming a sophisticated yet stark desert abode. Whatever love or loss she’s touching on in the track is clearly something personally powerful, as more than once it brings a tear to her eye.

Companion EP Artwork:

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Companion Tracklist:
01. Companion
02. Joni
03. Trophies for Paradox
04. Sweet World

Braids have also announced a new round of tour dates for 2016. Many of the dates are in their home country and the UK, but they do hit some choice US venues, including one of our favorite spots, Boston’s Great Scott. Find their full itinerary below.

Braids 2016 Tour Dates:
05/06 – St. Johns, NL @ Lawnya Vawnya Festival
05/14 – Arcosanti, AZ @ FORM Arcosanti Festival
05/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
05/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
05/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
05/31 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
06/02 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
06/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
06/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
06/17 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
06/18 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
06/19 – Oxford, UK @ O2 – Academy
06/21 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
06/22 – Bristol, UK @ Start the Bus
06/23 – London, UK @ Pickle Factory
06/26 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/27 – Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre
07/15 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Festival
07/22 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music and Arts Festival
07/23 – Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Festival
07/27-28 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo