Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches, released their debut album The Bones of What You Believe in September, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to listen to it. Chvrches are a breath of fresh air and play to the strengths of many acts out there, while adding their own individual sound making them a unique group in a manufactured genre.
Vocalist Lauren Mayberry has a beautiful voice that you can’t help but compare to Ellie Goulding and the music serves as a platform for a wide variety of inspirations. You can hear hints of the more obvious influencers like La Roux and M83, but curiously, the darker tinges remind me of Kid Cudi. I really enjoyed listening to The Bones of What You Believe, there’s a lot of creativity on the album which is often difficult to create in a genre such as synth pop. Science/Visions is the one song on the album I didn’t really like and apart from that it’s a pleasure to listen to such a characteristic debut, you can also occasionally hear Mayberry’s Scottish accent edge out through the chords and synths which gives it that extra tinge of individuality.
Bones of What You Believe was a big surprise, the music is good enough in its own right but it’s Mayberry’s incredible voice that wraps the project up and brings the album together as a convincing piece of music. The downside to synth pop is that it can be incredibly repetitive, there’s only so many times you can hear electro chords accompanied by a drum machine, but I didn’t feel like this listening to The Bones of What You Believe. There’s a lot of variety on the album epitomised by Under The Tide, opting for the male vocal talent of Chvrches, it gives the album diversity and makes it all the more interesting to listen to.