Last week, Montreal-via-Calgary electro-pop trio Braids followed up 2015’s standout full-length Deep In The Iris with the 19 minute sequel EP Companion. This week, they’re sharing a music video for Companion’s “Joni,” a pulsating, angular pop gem with rolicking drums, splashing synths, and entrancing vocals.
The visual for “Joni” explores a romantic unraveling, as a couple strives to rediscover their respective individuality post-breakup. According to Braids vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, the clip came together with a shoestring budget over one weekend in Los Angeles. She enlisted her roommate, director Maria Ines Manchego, to helm the camera while Standell-Preston called in favours from actor-friends, editor-friends, and donut shop employees. “‘Joni’ is the culmination of people being excited to make something together,” she told Dazed.
Watch Braids’ video for “Joni” above, via Dazed, and check out their upcoming tour dates below.
Braids Tour Dates:
05-25 San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall
05-26 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
05-27 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
05-31 Boston, MA – Great Scott
06-01 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
06-02 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
06-03 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
06-04 Ottawa, Ontario – Ritual
06-17 Glasgow, Scotland – The Hug & Pint
06-18 Manchester, England – Soup Kitchen
06-19 Oxford, England – O2 Academy
06-21 Brighton, England – Patterns
06-22 Bristol, England – Start the Bus
06-23 London, England – Pickle Factory
06-26 Pilton, England – Glastonbury Festival
06-27 Norwich, England – Arts Centre
07-15 Pemberton, British Columbia – Pemberton Festival
07-22 Oro-Medonte, Ontario – Wayhome Festival
07-23 Calgary, Alberta – Calgary Folk Festival
07-27-28 Montreal, Québec – Casa Del Popolo