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Flourish // Perish

Braids

Flourish // Perish

Second album of experimental indie and psych pop from the Canadian group now working as a trio

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Full Time Hobby / Ada
UK Release date
19/08/2013
US Release date
20/08/2013
  1. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    It may not be wandering into the realms of ‘classic’ – but it’s still a record Yorke and co would’ve proudly written
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    If Centipede Hz was a direct expletive to the status quo, then Flourish // Perish is the warm embrace that makes everything feel splendid
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Peaks and drops alike unveil a rich and full detail that becomes beautifully granular on subsequent listens without being obscure or academic
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    What unites the two halves of the record is a sense of almost euphoric sadness, which pulsates through the album, helped in no small part by the extraordinary vocals of Raphaelle Standell-Preston
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    They’re trying to do more with less, and the electronics now rule where the reverb-laden guitar once seemed to have a pretty unremitting hold
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  6. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Braids have summoned a record that’s capable of drowning you. It’s incredibly immersive, and at times it can be emotionally overwhelming
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  7. 8.0 |   The 405

    It's a defiantly human album, depth and nuance adding satisfying layers to an already intriguing band
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    Overall this a masterclass in restrained beauty
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  9. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Braids have a strong footing in the supernatural, their hypnotic mix a visceral soundtrack for that space between fantasy and reality
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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    A rewarding evolution for the band
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  11. 8.0 |   All Music

    Sometimes some things need to perish for others to flourish, and these songs show that Standell-Preston, Smith, and Tufts evolved into a group that can not just survive, but thrive in the face of hard times
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  12. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Expect change and growth, not a settled-on sound
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  13. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    The songs here are built from short, synaptic and repetitive firing, tiny loops, short glitches, silvery hooks that corkscrew into your memory
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  14. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Braids perform with a self-assured subtlety, lending their sophomore album a quiet, unassuming depth that far outstrips the flash of its predecessor
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  15. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A goal thoroughly accomplished
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  16. 7.0 |   Spin

    The music might be prime kicking-back fare, but that doesn't mean Braids can't sneak some gentle urgency into the mix as well
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  17. 6.0 |   Q

    File under "mesmeric ghostly electronica". Print edition only


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