Braids is an art rock/electronic band from Calgary, Alberta and currently based in Montreal, Quebec. The group formed in 2006, consisting of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Katie Lee, Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith. Their first album, Native Speaker (2011), has received mostly praise from critics, remarkable for its innovative melodies and Standell-Preston's "dynamic" vocals. Keyboardist Katie Lee left the group during the recording of their 2013 album, Flourish // Perish. Raphaelle Standell-Preston is also the vocal half of Blue Hawaii. The 30th of April 2015 they released 'Deep In The Iris', their third album.