Braids Announce 'Companion' EP, Premiere New Video

Braids Announce 'Companion' EP, Premiere New Video
Following the 2015 release of Braids' Juno-winning Deep in the Iris, the Montreal trio have announced a companion EP is due later this year. Quite appropriately titled Companion, the mini-release arrives May 20 via Arbutus/Flemish Eye.

A press release explains that the four songs that appear on Companion were written during the same sessions as Deep in the Iris, but were complete last August "during a burst of creative energy." The 19-minute EP is further described as using the template of Deep in the Iris, while acting as " a breathtaking journey all of its own." It's said to tap into feelings of "joy, disaffection...[and] delicate introspection."

Below, you'll find the first taste of the collection via a video for its title track. Directed by Kevan Funk, the video finds vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston and her doppelganger singing the song in and outside of a remote desert home.

In other news, Braids have a number of global dates keeping them busy throughout the spring and summer months. You'll find the show info, as well as the tracklisting for Companion, below.

Companion:

1. Companion
2. Joni
3. Trophies for Paradox
4. Sweet World

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, Scotland - The Hug & Pint
06/18 Manchester, England - Soup Kitchen
06/19 Oxford, England - O2 Academy
06/21 Brighton, England - Patterns
06/22 Bristol, England - Start the Bus
06/23 London, England - Pickle Factory
06/26 Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival
06/27 Norwich, England - Arts Centre
07/15 Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Festival
07/22 Oro-Medonte, ON - Wayhome Festival
07/23 Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Festival
07/27-28 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo