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.


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