Written during the time Braids made their contemplative third album, Deep in the Iris, Companion's four songs may be even more intimate than what came before them. The band leads with the EP's most cathartic song -- an unusual move, but a compelling one. "Companion" picks up where Deep in the Iris' unflinching autobiographical meditation on sexual abuse "Miniskirt" left off, with Raphaelle Standell-Preston addressing the stepbrother she was separated from when her abuse came to light. As she sings "It had nothing to do with ...

Companion 2016, Arbutus Records

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