If you like Braids‘ frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston, then you’ll want to check out her conversation with producer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Lovett (aka NZCA Lines) on a recent Talkhouse podcast. Braids’ album Shadow Offering, which they worked on for a long time, came out near the beginning of the global pandemic. “It was this interesting place that we found ourselves in — like, ‘Wow, we tried really hard,'” she says, without so much as a hint of bitterness. “Like, life just has a way of deciding for you what it is that’s going to happen. And so I think my whole approach, or my pivot in the pandemic is just, I dont give a f*ck about writing anything that people would call a song, or [would] concretely get… So we’ve just been writing these 11-minute songs that are super interesting and meandering, and do still have chords and movement and stuff like that, but it’s not like a song, necessarily.” Can’t wait!
Check out the whole conversation right here, and give Shadow Offering some radio love this week.