Braids released their third album Deep in the Iris last year and now they've announced a companion EP, conveniently titled Companion, featuring four songs that were written during the making of the last album. That EP comes out on May 20 via Artubus/Flemish Eye. They detailed the EP in a post on Facebook:

Delighted to announce a new release! It's an EP, titled Companion – four songs that were started back when we were writing Deep In The Iris. For one reason or another, these songs were left unfinished. At the time they felt separate to the songs that made up DITI – strong in their own right, but left as unknowns to a larger compositional work.

In August of last year, we had a small window of time at home, in Montreal. Having been on the road for a few months, we were eager to write again, and excited about the material we had put aside. In a focused burst of energy, we dug into a few ideas, trying to construct a home in which they could all live together. These four are the result of that process – a "companion" to the train of thought we started with DITI.

They also shared the title track along with its video, directed by Kevan Funk, who has directed some of their previous videos. Watch it below.

Braids are heading on a North American/European/UK tour in support of their new EP, which stops by NYC's Rough Trade on June 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, May 4 at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the EP album art, and tracklist, below.


Braids - Companion Tracklist
01 Companion
02 Joni
03 Trophies for Paradox
04 Sweet World

Braids - 2016 Tour Dates
05/06 - Lawnya Vawnya Festival - St. John’s, NL
05/14 - FORM Arcosanti Festival - Arcosanti, AZ
05/25 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
05/26 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
05/27 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
05/31 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
06/01 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
06/02 - Comet Ping Pong - Washington, DC
06/03 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
06/04 - Ritual - Ottawa, ON
06/17 - The Hug & Pint - Glasgow, UK
06/18 - Soup Kitchen - Manchester, UK
06/19 - O2 Academy - Oxford, UK
06/21 - Patterns - Brighton, UK
06/22 - Start The Bus - Bristol, UK
06/23 - Pickle Factory - London, UK
06/26 - Glastonbury Festival - Pilton, UK
06/27 - Arts Centre - Norwich, UK
07/15 - Pemberton Festival - Pemberton, BC
07/22 - Wayhome Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON
07/23 - Calgary Folk Festival - Calgary, AB
07/27 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC
07/28 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC

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