Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
When Chvrches leadsinger Lauren Mayberry sings: “I’ll be a gun, and it’s you I’ll come for”, the threat sounds surprisingly deadly despite the fact that it’s surrounded by a cocoon of spun synth sugar. But then, The Bones Of What You Believe is a bit like that, a hyperactive dance-off constructed with a laser like precision that fuses the sweet and bitter elements.
Mayberry’s voice is the key element of the stadium anthems that Chvrches deal in. And what anthems they are: these songs have none of the wooziness of current indie pop, instead opting for an all out blaze of synth fire with blinding clarity. Chunky chorus riffs abound; check the singles ‘Gun’ or ‘Recover’ for an earworm injection. Bigger still, the tracks ‘We Sink’ and ‘Tether’ seem locked in a race to be the #1 stadium killer track – relentlessly pushing and building before exploding in the last 10 seconds.
It’s an assault on the senses to be sure, but it’s a carefully sculpted one. Managing to exhibit emotional torment within ready-to-dance anthems is a tense balancing act, but Chvrches’ pain is coated in a glossy, candy armour.