Deep in the Iris

Braids - Deep in the Iris
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #302 / 838
User Score
Based on 112 ratings
2015 Ratings: #232
April 28, 2015 / Release Date
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Arbutus / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound
In lesser hands, it would simply be an unfocused scrappy mess, but Braids have taken all this and managed to create one of the finest records of the year so far.
This is the album that finally cements Braids’ role within Montreal’s accomplished indie artists and Raphaelle Standell-Preston as one of the most uniquely artistic forces in music today.
Consequence of Sound

The specificity in the lyrics and the clarity of Standell-Preston’s voice gives the album an immediate human pull. Beneath that initial glitter, though, Braids have stockpiled a wealth of complexities like puzzles for us to untangle.

Pretty Much Amazing

The record doesn’t fade into the background the way Flourish // Perish could at times. It seizes attention and engages the listener’s emotions.


Deep in the Iris marks a turning point for the band, and I can't wait to hear what's next.


Deep in the Iris doesn’t completely dissolve Braids’ diverging impulses into one another, but it knows when to nurture one and temper the other, embracing fair compromise without unfair sacrifice.


Deep in the Iris honors emotional states that aren't easy to express -- musically or otherwise -- and brings a clarity to them that make it some of the band's most empathetic music.

‘Deep in the Iris’ may just be their best and most immersive release yet.

Deep in the Iris never lets you get quite too familiar, or comfortable.

The Line of Best Fit

Deep In The Iris feels like something of a sidestep for the band, a digression that toys with candour while still being dominated by a carefully calculated instrumental palette.

The 405

Deep In The Iris is full-bodied and assertive, while their lyrics address both the personal and the cultural.

Rolling Stone
The music is sensual and surprising, with echoes of Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins. But there's an inviting new clarity to what Braids are doing: piano chords ground the synth and guitar whirls; the hooks sink in.
Under The Radar
By trying to be the band everyone wants them to be, BRAIDS have sacrificed the qualities that made them so captivating. And that is one hell of a shame.
The only thing holding the album, and the band, back from being outstanding is the lack of obtuse moments; as at points the piano/electronic drums/synth combo can wear a little thin. Maybe try adding some guitar?
Tiny Mix Tapes

Although the music doesn’t always conjure it, there’s power in the album’s consciousness.

This avant-pop album has absolutely floored me. Its frank, lyrical discussions of porn and slutshaming should grab hold of any young adult listener with a social media account. Best trax: Taste, Sore Eyes, Bunny Rose, and Miniskirt
I find most experimental/indie stuff to be totally pretentious and boring, but this album is absolutely authentic and amazing! They managed to find the perfect balance between interesting and catchy, with every song sounding distinct and telling its own story and also being completely cohesive.
Favorites: Miniskirt, Warm Like Summer, Letting Go, Taste and Sore Eyes.
Post-Cocteau Twins, sweet electro-pop just in love with ... its reflection.
The production on this thing is just too glistening and sugary for my taste, and the lyrical subject matter just rubs me the wrong way on a lot of these tracks. Also these songs are incredibly formulaic and the way they are written/structured makes them feel very mundane imo. I do like the lead singer's voice though, she has a good grasp of melody so occasionally the album can be pretty catchy like on the song Taste for example. Outside of that though, there's nothing here that i'd want to ... read more
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Track List

  1. Letting Go
  2. Taste
  3. Blondie 
  4. Happy When 
  5. Miniskirt 
  6. Getting Tired 
  7. Sore Eyes 
  8. Bunny Rose  
  9. Warm Like Summer
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Added on: February 10, 2015