Published Mar 26, 2020While Braids prepare to release their first record in five years, the band are offering up another helping of new music with a single titled "Snow Angel."
The track arrives alongside a Kevan Funk-directed video, which sees Braids' frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston trudging through thick snow, cuddling with an extremely cute dog, and performing with the band among space heaters and ice blocks.
The song's subject matter covers a number of interconnected sociopolitical battles du jour, with Standell-Preston offering a stream-of-consciousness interlude partway through the track's nine-minute runtime, speaking on issues like fake news, environmental crises, white privilege, fast fashion and more.
Braids elaborated further in the following statement:
"Snow Angel" was written in the immediate wake of the 2016 U.S. election, as our collective conscience took a sharp inhale. It's a diary entry of sorts — a snapshot of the mind grappling with our era's endless barrage of content and destruction, continents away and close to home. *This* moment, with our world in the midst of a pandemic, is admittedly a new context. But I can't help but sense the song speaks to feelings many of us are experiencing — uncertainty, angst and a desperate desire to make sense of it all.
For me, it was deeply therapeutic to write and sing this song; saying things out loud can help us to not feel so alone, can help validate our natural fears about the future of our world, and can bring to light some of the hard questions that many of us are asking ourselves. I believe that art can change our relationship to fear. We hope this song can offer you a moment of catharsis and relief, in the same way, writing and performing it has for us.
The single is the latest offering from the band who will release their new record Shadow Offering, which has been postponed from its original April release to June 19 via Secret City Records. "Snow Angel" follows "Young Buck" and "Eclipse (Ashley)."
Watch the video for "Snow Angel" below.