The Music Times have 'Deep in the Iris' at #7 on their Best Albums of 2015 (So Far) list:
"Braids is like this generations Dirty Projectors, but
with only one singer and more experimentation. Ditching twinkly guitars
for piano-based composition, the Canadian art rock outfit released one
of the most impressive albums in years with Deep in the Iris.
This record runs the gamut of musical numbers—including ballads,
anthems, dance tracks and slow-burning rock tunes. We’re told stories
through lyrics complimented by really incredible orchestrations and
understated underscores. The lyrics are incredibly personal, ranging
from childhood stories to straight-up just talking about pornography,
but every subject is equally beautiful and haunting on their own levels.
Throughout the album, you can’t help but fall into a sort of hypnosis
from singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s incredible voice. It’s a subtle but strong voice that ranges from a melodic whisper to an empowering siren akin to Björk. This album is pretty much what Björk would make if she was 25 years younger. -JN"
And 'Miniskirt at #9 on their Best Songs of 2015 (So Far) list:
"This song is such a trip. It starts off as a feminist ballad about rape
culture and double standards, but transitions into an autobiographical,
Canadian anthem. As the first single off of the impressive Deep in the Iris,
“Miniskirt” laid the foundation of Braids’ next evolution. The title
itself catches your attention, but soaring vocal melodies and lyrics of
frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston brings you deeper
into this very personal song and its message. Strong words like “slut,”
“bitch” and “whore” jump out early on in the track, adding a taste of
taboo, but the second layer’s dizzying drum beat takes over until we’re
ready to rewind the track for countless repeats. -JN"