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Arbutus Records Label Profile: Friends Supporting Friends in the Montreal Music Scene

“We also only work with people that we have a close personal relationship with. This ensures that we understand our artists intimately, allowing a mutual trust and support. Decisions we make are in line with each others’ ideologies, so everyone is comfortable with what’s happening. Moreover, the love we feel for our bands motivates us...
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Blue Hawaii – Untogether Album Review

Blue Hawaii Untogether Arbutus Records (2013) Voice and space function as the two most important instruments on Untogether, a side project of Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston and collaborator Alexander Cowan, their debut album as Blue Hawaii. That’s not to say that traditional composition — at least in terms of electronic music — doesn’t conquer all on...Read...
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Baths, BRAIDS, Gobble Gobble Live Show Review

Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA – 03 April 2011 For an opening band, holding the audience’s attention can be tricky. That’s especially true in electronic music, where you’ll often find introverted DJs shyly hunched over laptops, ignoring the audience completely. Let’s face it, turning knobs and pressing buttons isn’t the most exciting thing to...Read...
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SXSW 2011 : Pre-Festival Picks

bass drum of death Garage rock junkies apply within. Bass Drum Of Death’s pure and unabated psych rock is sure to catch some people by surprise at SXSW 2011. Their new material is far more tuneful and engaging than their original demos, making Bass Drum Of Death an act not to be missed. -EB Wed....Read...
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BRAIDS – Native Speaker Album Review

Canada has given us a lot to work with in terms of music, specifically indie rock. Scores of baby Brooklyn bands have tried to imitate the success of giants like Broken Social Scene, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Arcade Fire, with mixed success. BRAIDS is one of Canada’s most recent cultural contributions, and it is...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010 : Matthew Dear, Braids, The Luyas, First Aid Kit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Active Child

Braids (Thursday, 10/21, M For Montreal Showcase, Arlene’s Grocery) Hailing from Montreal, Braids played on Thursday night at the M For Montreal showcase at Arlene’s Grocery. They blew me away with their art rock style and use of vocals as instruments, although their songs do have intelligible lyrics. They created a lush soundscape using lots...Read...
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