Posts Tagged ‘Lauren Mayberry’

April 11, 2018
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It’s Christmas in spring right now for this long time fan of Scottish electro-pop band CHVRCHES. If you’ve been with us for the past few years, you’ve taken the CHVRCHES ride with us, too. We can’t wait for their new album Love Is Dead, and we’re already head over heels for what we’ve heard off it so far, including life-affirming Never Say Die, synth blooming Get Out, and their collaboration with Matt Berninger, My Enemy. Today, they add to the growing list of superb Love Is Dead singles by dropping Miracle, a rallying outbreak of cosmic synths and high voltage drops. It’s their most dance-leaning reveal from the album so far. I can’t help but wonder if some terrific remixes are in the works. Love Is Dead arrives on May 25th. Pre-order, here

March 29, 2018
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What better way is there to kick off a fresh new set of features than a new song from CHVRCHES? We’re still stuck on the Scottish electropop band’s last release, My Enemy, which features Matt Berninger (The National, EL VY) on guest vocals. But we’re always game for a fresh new CHVRCHES tune, especially when it’s an exuberant, life-affirming anthem like Never Say Die. It’s one of the group’s boldest songs to date, with its heaving, roiling synths. CHVRCHES recorded the track with producer Greg Kurstin, who’s worked with Sia and Adele in the past. We can’t wait for CHVRCHES next album Love Is Dead (there seems to be a life and death theme going on with it). They haven’t revealed any more details regarding the release just yet, but we’ll be on it when they do. Re-visit our My Enemy feature, here.

February 28, 2018

In the past week or so, CHVRCHES has been teasing us about a forthcoming single featuring Matt Berninger of The National as a guest. As huge fans of both bands, we couldn’t wait to hear the track. Today, we get to listen to My Enemy, a new taste from CHVRCHES’ next album Love Is Dead. And as expected, it’s left me with chills. Droopy retro synths and Matt Berninger’s deep rolling voice join Lauren Mayberry and the Scottish electro-pop projects’ signature sound on the aching tune. For CHVRCHES, this is downtempo and morose, but what else would you expect with Matt Berninger in tow? It’s a nice change of pace for a band who’s scintillated us with their upbeat pulsing anthems, and I can’t get enough of its slick production. We’re still waiting on more information regarding that next CHVRCHES album, but we’re pre-ordering it the moment the chance arrives!

January 31, 2018

My stomach is making a lot of very loud noises right now, because I’m very hungry, but it’s a very big deal that new CHVRCHES has arrived, so food is going to have to wait as we partake in our favorite Scottish electropop band’s new single together. The trio are preparing to release a third album this year, quite possibly one of the most anticipated records of 2018 after their prior two albums were so successful and memorable. Towering synths and Lauren Mayberry’s unmistakable voice lifts our spirits on this fine Wednesday as we wade into pop heavy, synth blooming, and “kaleidoscopic” whirling Get Out, which is available as a single, here. I’m sure we’ll be learning a lot more about CHVRCHES next album soon.

September 19, 2017

There’s no denying the fact that Canadian twins Tegan and Sara have had a huge effect on many of our favorite artists today. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their quintessential album The Con, they’ll be dropping a release named The Con X: Covers featuring a long list of incredible artists covering its songs. Scottish electropop outfit CHVRCHES contributed a beautiful rendition of Call It Off, and the track has surfaced today. Their Call It Off drifts dreamily, offering us a rare glimpse of a more floaty, airy CHVRCHES. You can pre-order The Con X: Covers, here. All proceeds from the album will benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls & women. The Con X: Covers will also feature covers by the likes of MUNA, Shura, PVRIS, Ryan Adams, Bleachers, and many, many more. It arrives on October 20th.

May 1, 2017

That long rumored Kristen Stewart and CHVRCHES collaboration has finally arrived! KStew turns in an exceptional directing performance in the video for a new live rendition of the Scottish electropop band’s song Down Side Of Me. The song, originally from CHVRCHES’ excellent sophomore album Every Open Eye, gets a beautifully stripped down treatment in the understated and finely nuanced video. Kristen Stewart’s creation feels incredibly intimate and expressive in its subtle imagery and meticulous detail. In fact, we find ourselves cheek to cheek with Lauren Mayberry as she delivers a powerful and exposed rendering of the song. This new version of Down Side Of Me is CHVRCHES’ contribution to a 7″ vinyl records compilation that benefits Planned Parenthood. “7-inches for Planned Parenthood” will be released this fall, and it will also feature artists and bands like Mary J Blige, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Feist, John Legend, Foo Fighters, and far, far more. For details, visit the project’s site, here

June 10, 2016

CHVRCHES fans and Paramore fans unite in collective ecstasy today as the Scottish electropop darlings reveal a new rendition of their song Bury It, which features Paramore’s Hayley Williams on guest vocals. The original comes from their superb album Every Open Eye. Hayley joined CHVRCHES on stage for the song when they were on tour last year. Apparently, it was received so well that they’ve recorded a studio version of the cooperation. Though it’s not a huge switch up from the album track, which is perfect as it is and so signature pulsating CHVRCHES marvelous, it’s certainly added icing on the cake to enjoy a version with Lauren and Hayley singing side by side. 

May 13, 2016

I think it’s pretty obvious that when new CHVRCHES arises, new CHVRCHES must be shared. That’s right, you read us right. NEW CHVRCHES! The brand new original is the Scottish electropop darlings’ contribution to a video game named Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. In fact, it’s the game’s primary theme song. Warning Call is signature CHVRCHES, a pulsing fluid, glassy infectious gem with Lauren Mayberry’s enchanting voice front and center. There’s just no going wrong with CHVRCHES.

April 28, 2016
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As it turns out, today’s the perfect day to share Gryffin’s remix of CHVRCHES’ Clearest Blue. You see, the dominating producer is currently in the midst of his sold out Heading Home tour, and he’s playing San Francisco tonight again after selling out his last SF date at Popscene in a matter of minutes. Though I won’t be able to make it out tonight for Gryffin round two, I was there at Popscene a few weeks ago when he revealed this glorious CHVRCHES remix live. The crowd went wild, and I’ve been waiting for him to unleash a recording of the track on us since. Clearest Blue gets that signature Gryffin touch, its luscious guitar and energized beats giving off an airy dreaminess both exuberant and contemplative. When performed live, Gryffin’s Clearest Blue bursts with magnificence, its passionate allure abundantly displayed in the producer’s ability to simultaneously mix and play a bevy of instruments with much enthuse. 

February 20, 2016

CHVRCHES takes us into a dark world of enchanting fantasy on their new music video for Clearest Blue, a favorite song of mine from the Scottish electropop band’s acclaimed second album, Every Open Eye. Lauren Mayberry certainly looks magical in the video for the sharply jabbing, energetically pulsing gem, one which sees her voraciously tearing up the stage nowadays when the band perform live on ginormous stages. If you’ve made the grave mistake of missing out on Every Open Eye, snag a copy on iTunes right away.