Now reduced to a three-piece with the loss of keyboardist Katie Lee, Montreal art-rockers BRAIDS undertake a more synthetic approach to their music with new effort In Kind//Amends. Where previous releases like their full-length debut, Native Speakers tended to rely on more organic noises, this effort (their third EP) has more of a base in electronica, post-dubstep and dance music. Their second record, Flourish//Perish is in the finishing stages – perhaps this EP is a taster of what to expect in the next chapter of BRAIDS?

Though only four tracks, in scurries towards 25 minutes – the shortest cut is a little of five minutes, with the longest being exactly seven. They revel in the space that such lengthy tracks offer, using the time to slowly build and layer sounds, creating climactic finishes and rich textural wonders. As previously mentioned, they partake in far more synthesised sounds – pads and keys melt together in cavernous reverb-y pots, and vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston injects her aloof, fey tongue into the mix for a touch of humanity. Largely, the noises fall into two categories: chopped'n'screwed quasi-dance tunes, or sprawling electronica ballads.

'In Kind' opens with jagged staccato bursts and tachycardic beats. The rhythms jar; the percussion acts more on a melodic level, with hooks and an effete dislike for what drums are supposed to do. Instead, we're given essentially a mayhem-wallowing solo from sticksman Austin Tufts. Standell-Preston, in spite of the chaotic meter, doles out her best Elizabeth Fraser impression. The other A-side on the release, 'Amends', nods towards James Blake – the bass cautiously wobs underfoot and snares click erratically. It's considerably smoother than 'In Kind', with less focus on kinetic fragments or dancefloors, and more on the fluidity and intimacy of the music.

Far from their art-rock roots, this double A-side offering boasts post-trance bubbles and hypnotic electronics, it's a fizzing brew, and the trio manipulate their newfound sound into chilled-out shapes and jittery future-garage. BRAIDS are fast becoming a necessity on your radar – if you didn't like them, or even know of them at the beginning of this year, by the time it draws to an end, you'll forget what life was like before them.