In a statement included with the mixtape release of Agor Edits, producer Alex "Agor" Cowan wrote, "Ra will focus on her other band, Braids, who have just completed a beautiful, deeply emotional, new record."
On Twitter, Braids have confirmed that they are indeed plotting a new album, which they are working on with producer Damian Taylor (Björk, the Killers).
just settled into our 3rd and final recording retreat. album should be done by the end of the month. can't wait <3— BRAIDS (@braidsmusic) July 30, 2014
Vermont is INCREDIBLE. View from my room. Oooo this record is going to feel good. Not recordin in a black box ! Nuhuh pic.twitter.com/lsMh7D6uU7— BRAIDS (@braidsmusic) August 1, 2014
Putting twitter away for creative purposes. Arrived at the farm to finish the record. Almost there :) pic.twitter.com/GIzWpH4qG2— BRAIDS (@braidsmusic) June 8, 2014
Finished our 2nd recording retreat. Another part of the album discovered. Uncovering something very beautiful. Excited to one day share w. u— BRAIDS (@braidsmusic) July 1, 2014
WOAH just wrote a pop track.— BRAIDS (@braidsmusic) April 17, 2014
In regards to Blue Hawaii's Agor Edits, Cowan described it as sounding "somewhere between the dreamy record and the banging live show." It mostly consists of new edits of previously released songs, but there's also a new tune called "All of My Heart" plus a remix of Kyle Hall's song "Ghosten."
I don't think I told you guys, but we are in Arizona at a cabin recording our next record !! Jsyk pic.twitter.com/9DDTkwIGLT— BRAIDS (@braidsmusic) March 26, 2014
Agor, meanwhile, plans to release some of his own music, which will be "in a similar vein to this mixtape." He will perform at SXSW as DJ Blue Hawaii, and he will be "holding down the fort until Ra and I can record another album."
For now, listen to Agor Edits below. It's available to download for free right here. And of course stay tuned for more info about Braids' new album as it emerges.