By Charles Wilhelm
Since their first EP release, CHVRCHES has been in the spotlight of indie-pop/electronic fusion. With strong leadership from lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry, the three-member group hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, has struck a strong chord in the developing flavors of the genre.
Their debut studio album, “The Bones of What You Believe,” brings the bright, energetic sound of their EP along with a sophistication that eludes many other bands of the same genre.
CHVRCHES released “The Mother We Share” as the first single from “The Bones of What You Believe.” The song starts the LP off quickly and gets to the heart of CHVRCHES’ brief, but definite musical tradition.
Until “Tether,” the album is a little homogenous, but then things get interesting. The track starts slowly, tracing Mayberry’s melancholy vocals with an attentive, acute beat, then quickly transforms into a dance floor classic. It belongs among the Brooklyn warehouse parties and dark, Greenwich Village apartment gatherings – places you’re most likely to hear CHVRCHES’ “new work.”
From “Tether” on, CHVRCHES makes a point of diversifying their sound and deconstructing conventional song structure to give listeners a great experience.
“Lies,” is continuous; “Recover,” one of their popular single releases, is vibrant and catchy; “Science/Visions” is a heavily driven, chemically-induced dance jam. The final track, “You Caught the Light,” is musically holistic, ethereal and floaty.
CHVRCHES is definitely a group to watch and follow in the coming years — hopefully they continue to put out easily enjoyable, eclectic music.