Album Review: CHVRCHES ‘The Bones of What You Believe’

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 at 10:12 am by

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The Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES has taken the indie music scene by storm. With over a year of festivals and touring support (Two Door Cinema Club, Passion Pit, School of Seven Bells, Depeche Mode) in their back pocket, the hype machine is now pushing forward the band’s first LP, The Bones of What You Believe.

Stylistically, CHVRCHES’ debut is in the same vein as Ellie Goulding, with the distinction of being less Top 40 and more electronically jazzed. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s voice is liquid candy that belts out simple but emotionally packed lyrics to obsess over. The band has cited Robyn as an influence, as well as Depeche Mode, Cyndi Lauper, and Elliott Smith. The Bones of What You Believe is incredibly easy on the ears, but tracks aren’t overwhelmingly memorable. Regardless, CHVRCHES’ popularity is in an upward spiral; surely a good chunk of the album will find its way onto TV show soundtracks and trendy boutique speakers any day now (our money’s on “We Sink,” “Recover,” and “Night Sky”).

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Photo: CHVRCHESAnd what of the medieval-looking “u” in their name? Interview Magazine has it straight from bandmate Martin Doherty’s mouth:

We just chose it because it was big and bold, and just one word. And it wasn’t difficult to pronounce. After we decided on it, we realized it was more or less impossible to Google. It wasn’t until “Lies” came out that we came to this realization… Now, we don’t have to compete with anyone, which is cool. You don’t want to go up against that Jesus guy. He is pretty popular.

The Bones of What You Believe hit stores yesterday, on Glassnote Records. You can listen to the album free at Spotify and NPR.

Also, check out the video for “Recover.” It’s as if Dr. Who and all of his subterranean planetary hocus pocus had a baby with abstract art.

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