Canadian band Braids is thrilled to reveal today two brand new songs titled ‘Slayer Moon’ and ‘2020’. Recorded during the sessions of their last album Shadow Offering out now via Secret City Records.
The band shares their inspiration behind the songs:
“’Slayer Moon’ is inspired by a Sailor Moon phone case I bought in Tokyo, at 3am while on tour in Japan. Growing up I was obsessed with Sailor Moon, particularly with the ability to magically transform from a normal girl into a full-on mystical and powerful Sailor Scout, battle-ready to combat the evil forces of the world.”
“‘2020’ was written sometime in 2017, after a long period of being alone – in an abstract sense of the word – while reaching for fleeting physical closeness. I was with friends, but my heart was lonely and longing for companionship, my body confused with the unfamiliarity of new and shallow encounters. I had been meditating a lot during this time ‘tracing a line through the centre of my body’ – a process of inward-looking that I veer towards when I take the time to sit. I titled the song ‘2020,’ in 2020. Revisiting the song’s lyrics through the eyes of our present reality struck a chord with me. I felt as close to the song as when I had first written it. I find that I am asking myself similar questions while in this pandemic, without my friends, my family, my familiar structures.”
The glorious sounding ‘Sailor Moon’ features heavy synths coupled with Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s honey coloured vocals that soar in places over hypnotic drumming. ‘2020’ has a delicate floaty feel as if soaring through the air with its gentler synths. It’s Standell-Preston’s vocals that keep you captivated as she runs through her emotional range from angelic highs to grittier lows all while the music perfectly wraps around her.
Check out the two tracks, here:
Purchase the bands new album here