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Mute Swan

by Braille

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Slyshun Progressive electronica? Maybe. This is emotive, enveloping and begs to be heard on headphones. Fantastic attention to detail. Just in time for winter. Favorite track: Better Than Nothing ft. Angelica Bess.
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Nic Brown It's ironic that so much modern R&B is dismissed (perhaps correctly) for its perceived lack of soul; that it's all histrionics and no heart. Thank god then for the brilliance that is Braille. So breathtakingly intimate are the vocals on the devastating "Mute Swan" you feel like an audience of one, completely surrounded by the band, the brittle beats and granulating synths only serving to heighten the propinquity. Braille will consume you if you let them and you'd be a fool to resist. Favorite track: Insider Out.
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Andrew Jervis Bonkers future r&b. Favorite track: The Cat's Gone Nuts ft. Seafloor.
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    Debut LP from Braille on 12" vinyl with 11 original tracks.

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Weight 03:41
Insider Out 03:53
Shhhh 03:18
Gee Whiz 05:17


After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille is keying up to release his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends this Spring. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos. Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional production from Throwing Snow and Seafloor, a symphony of voices feeding into the cohesive vision he has established, one as much influenced by internal struggle as it is by his current environ in Brooklyn. The Seafloor-assisted “The Cat’s Gone Nuts” epitomizes the aforementioned spirit, drawing on classic soul as well as hip hop, R&B and UK garage. Cerebrally affecting, Braille’s compositions take the listener on a walk through the artist’s past and present, a collage of emotions ranging from melancholic joy to the deepest of sorrows. All in all, it’s a pleasure to bring Braille into the Friends of Friends family, a fit that looks just as good on paper as it is in reality!


released May 4, 2015


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Braille Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn based Praveen Sharma has always taken a genre absorbing, dancefloor-oriented approach to his output as Braille, effortlessly floating through house, techno, melancholic ambient and UK Bass on labels such as Hotflush Recordings, Rush Hour and Friends of Friends. Braille is one half of Sepalcure, who won Pitchfork's "Best New Music" for their debut. ... more

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