Maintaining an enigmatic profile has proven an effective and favored tactic for artists attempting to generate a buzz in the internet exercise. For L.A. trio BRÅVES, mystery feels as much a concentrated aesthetic exercise as a strategy for driving intrigue. On their self-titled second EP, the group mines territory that borders artists like Autre Ne Veut and How To Dress Well at his more experimental. Standouts “Unwed Sailor” and “Lovely Bones” wed delicate vocals with precise electronic soundscapes, streamlining varied influences and ideas in a careful construction that manages not to lose emotion in its exactness.
BRÅVES focuses attention on music and manicured visual accompaniments (as seen on the group’s Instagram page and in the risqué, NSFW video for previous single “Dust”) rather than the band’s true identities, making the experience of their EP feel like an uncompromising vision. Listen below.