My vacation down to Mexico has now come and gone and I am back to catching up in the world of blogging. I thought I would jump back in with a music recommendation post dedicated to the Scottish electronic band CHVRCHES. They are not new to the scene at all, but I thought I needed to push their music on all of you because their new album is quite amazing. I will be honest and admit that I heard bits of their first album and did not think it was anything too special, but there is something about their newest album, Every Open Eye, that fully captured my attention.
Starting with their two singles that made it to radio, “Leave a Trace” and “Never Ending Circles”, an impact was made on my brain because they were both equally as catchy. Their style has evolved from their first album, as most bands evolve with each new release, and I completely agree with whatever CHVRCHES was thinking when they made this new album. The light pixie-like vocals from frontwoman Lauren Mayberry are really unique and makes their music stand out from all other bands. The synthpop style of music has been a favourite of mine over the past few years and their music fits perfectly into that genre.
The two songs from CHVRCHES that I am going to shine a spotlight on are another track from their newest album and a cover song. My favourite of all their songs has to be “Clearest Blue” off of the new album. At certain parts of the song, I get a Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” vibe in the musical/non-vocal section of the song with how the electronic music sounds, which makes the song even more lively. On the other hand of lively, they did a cover of the Bauhaus song “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”. I have a soft spot for this song because another cover of it was used in a movie that I really love (and if anyone is wonder, I am referring to the Nouvelle Vague cover of the song from the movie Elvis and Annabelle). I would recommend giving both of these songs a listen, but am going one step further and just posting the video for “Clearest Blue” for you right here. I did mention the music is quite lively, but the vocals are an equal blend of cheerful and bittersweet almost at the same time. You will just have to listen to it to see if you understand what I am talking about.