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Braids Return With Striking New Single Eclipse (Ashley)

Thursday, 21 November 2019 Written by Helen Payne

Photo: Melissa Gamache

Braids have returned with a new single.

Eclipse (Ashley) is the first new material from the Montreal art-rockers since 2016’s ‘Companion’ EP, and was inspired by a trip to watch a solar eclipse. A reverberated piano melody is joined by the playful twists and turns of vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, before striking guitars enter the mix. She said:

“Eclipse (Ashley) is a love song made for my best friend Ashley Obscura. During the car ride to go and view the total solar eclipse, we were fretting about not having glasses to stare at the sun, you know, those funny ones that look like you’re sitting down to watch a 3D movie. Amongst the chatter Ashley said 'we should take this opportunity to think about what eclipses us in our lives.' BAM. REFOCUS. We all took this sentiment with us as we sat on the side of the quarry, as the moon came to hug the sun.' We sat in silence perched amongst the tall grass, the wildflowers, the rocks and glistening water, closed eyes, reflecting. Returning to the studio, the song poured out of us in one shot."

The song is the first cut from a new album expected in 2020 via Secret City Records. Watch the nature-filled video below.

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