And you don’t need me
I discovered Chvrches one day when I was in the library, alone, trying to desperately study for class that I barely tolerated. I needed something motivating – something fast, something energetic – literally anything other than the silence and blank stares I was enduring all around me for the past hour. I had remembered hearing something about this new electronic band with some crazy name with that song that had that one long title, and, after I sifted through my insanity, before I knew it I was listening to “The Mother We Share” on repeat. Chvrches was something fresh and new for me, and their instrumentals had just enough spice and edge to really appreciate their take on the electronic genre. That is a place that the Glasgow trio have truly dominated since their debut album was released in 2013, and since then, they have only grown stronger.
The Bones of What You Believe is a musical package chock full with the feelings of confidence, drama, and most of all, a desire for energy and the soaring feelings of passion, all with the use of dynamic sampling and synthesized effects. Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer, has a voice that is gorgeously sharp and acerbic, but at the same time sounds fanciful, powerful, and incredibly light. The members met through other bands (multi-instrumentalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty became friends at college, and they met Lauren Mayberry through a mutual project), and formed Chvrches in 2011. They started to get praise for their supersonic sounds and heavily textured synth beats, which are the prime fundamentals for their debut album. Of course, it starts out with none other than “The Mother We Share,” which is no doubt the simplest and most accessible of all the songs on their album, and it’s the perfect little sample of what’s still left to come. “We Sink” takes the more complex approach and is propelled by sampled drum beats and metallic instrumentals. The energetic, sharp witted vocals are the star in both that song as well as “Gun,” where the synth sounds as if it is made of fragile glass and is constantly shimmering in the light. This sort of imagery is present throughout the album, and it’s a prime example of how evocative their sound really is. “Tether” is slower, more refined, and more luxurious, while “Lies” is stark, strident, and exposing, but in the best way possible. “Under the Tide” follows the same sort of formula as “Tether,” but with an edge. “Recover,” another one of their singles, goes hand in hand with “The Mother We Share” and is energetic and bouncy, and again, Lauren Mayberry’s voice truly shines as the gorgeous instrument it is. “Science/Visions,” one of my favorites, sounds retro and extremely dark and hopeful at the same time, which makes me believe that they might have gotten some inspiration from the greats: bands like Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys (they even opened for Depeche Mode on their recent tour). “By The Throat” and “You Caught The Light” are a great closing to the album, because they show off a softer, slower side of the band that isn’t really seen that often. Overall, The Bones of What You Believe turned out to be an extremely well rounded album with rises and falls in the exact right spot.
I love this band simply because of their confidence and durability, and the fact that everything they make sounds like a triumphant burst of emotion, whether that emotion is happiness or sadness. Their music is expansive, but still remains relatable and accessible, and you can hear something new every time you listen to one of their songs. Chvrches have really revolutionized the new age electronic music scene and risen to the top, and if they continue to produce gems like these songs, they will have absolutely no problem staying there.