Braids share visuals for slow-building, epic new track “Snow Angel”

"Snow Angel" is taken from Braids's upcoming new album, Shadow Offering, due June 19 on Secret City.

“Snow Angel” is taken from Braids‘s upcoming new album, Shadow Offering, due June 19 on Secret City.

Ok, bummer. Braids had to postpone the release of their upcoming fourth album as well as their UK/Europe tour because of the coronavirus outbreak. After the singles “Young Buck” and “Eclipse (Ashley),” it is useless to say that we were super excited to dive into the 9-track project. Nevermind… We have already waited for 5 years since the release of Deep In The Iris so we can be patient for a few more weeks.

In the meantime, the Calgary trio continues to tease the project. Today, they have returned with a 9-minute long single, “Snow Angel,” in which bandleader Raphaelle Standell-Preston embarks on an apocalyptic and existential rumination. The slow-building track, which was produced by Death Cab For Cutie‘s Chris Walla, was written just after the 2016 US election. But let’s be honest, it takes on a whole new dimension with the world’s current situation. About the track, she explained:

For me, it was deeply therapeutic to write and sing this song; saying things out loud can help us to not feel so alone, can help validate our natural fears about the future of our world, and can bring to light some of the hard questions that many of us are asking ourselves. I believe that art can change our relationship to fear. We hope this song can offer you a moment of catharsis and relief, in the same way writing and performing it has for us.

Watch the accompanying Kevan Funk-directed video below.

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