Braids, a four-piece from Calgary/Montreal have received a lot of acclaim over the past few months. I remember hearing about them in mid 2010 and never paid them much mind. I really should have though, because this year they made it onto the 2011 Polaris Music Prize shortlist. They have my full undivided attention now.
And I have to say... Well, I'm impressed.
They create beautiful lush melodies that seamlessly weave together and the sound is one that can't really be described. I think it's chilling and purposefully aloof. (Does that make sense?)
Just have a listen and judge for yourself.
They are unique and that distinction is important when it comes to music.