It's about friendship, and the bond that it brings...

Montreal creative force Braids breeze back into our lives with new single 'Eclipse (Ashley)'.

The Canadian group were inaugurated over a decade ago, and in that time they've won overwhelming critical acclaim.

Releasing a flurry of superb projects, Braids have gained two Polaris Prize shortlists, taking their music around the world.

Working once more with Secret City Records, the Montreal based project signal their return with a blissful new ode to friendship.

The title 'Eclipse (Ashley)' actually sums up the track's joint themes, writing during a solar eclipse as singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston journeyed with a close comrade.

It's a typically astute, beautifully emotive work, with those twinkling electronics spiralling off into the stratosphere.

"'Eclipse (Ashley)' is a love song made for my best friend Ashley Obscura," Raphaelle Standell-Preston explains. "During the car ride to go and view the total solar eclipse, we were fretting about not having glasses to stare at the sun, you know, those funny ones that look like you’re sitting down to watch a 3D movie."

"Amongst the chatter Ashley said 'we should take this opportunity to think about what eclipses us in our lives.' BAM. REFOCUS. We all took this sentiment with us as we sat on the side of the quarry, as the moon came to hug the sun.' We sat in silence perched amongst the tall grass, the wildflowers, the rocks and glistening water, closed eyes, reflecting. Returning to the studio, the song poured out of us in one shot."

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