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    BRAIDS – “FRUEND”

    Move over Lady Gaga, if you're going to talk about "art pop" right now, Canada's dreamboat trio Braids belong in the discussion. They keep releasing tracks off their forthcoming record Flourish // Perish, and each song unfolds like a flower and tinkers like a music box. These tiny snippets of the fully-realized whole reveal a band that understands the meaning of maturity, that has only become tighter and more polished since their initial effort Native Speaker. "FREUND" is the fourth single they've let loose and it builds and twirls like a dervish but never loses a sense of stark, mathematical precision, even when Raphaelle Standell-Preston's vocals are spiraling on the brink of infinity. - harmonicait