CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

A sweet and thoughtful pop gem.


We all know those pop songs that blow up practically overnight.

It happened with Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead,” MGMT’s “Kids,” and Lorde’s “Royals.”

These singles all have catchy choruses, brilliant instrumentals, and very emotive vocals. Judging upon all of this, CHVRCHES’s The Bones of What You Believe’s second single, “Recover,” will be the next pop hit.

This Glasgow based pop trio, featuring Lauren Mayberry on vocals and Iain Cook and Martin Doherty on synths, released their debut LP, The Bones of What You Believe, on September 20 to excellent reviews from critics everywhere.

Pulling a lot of inspiration from the Witch House movement lead by Purity Ring and Crystal Castles, and also from classics such as Prince and Depeche Mode, this record is a heavy dose of everything good in today’s sub-stream pop music.
The album opens with the first single, “The Mother We Share,” and it drops you right in the middle of one of the most infectious verses on the record. The track has sweeping synths, and punching bass that compliment Mayberry’s vocals in the best way possible.

This track displays how much this album takes an emotional approach to pop, while still keeping it catchy and a dance anthem.
The entire first half of this album flows in a similar way to this first track. It remains dance driven and thoughtful, giving this album an instant connection to the listener. This connection stays in place throughout the entire album, making it a very atmospheric and enticing listen.
The second half of the album kicks off with the future pop anthem “Recover,” It’s hard to remain completely grounded listening to this track. It pulls you in, and doesn’t let go until the last note. This single is well on its way to becoming the next pop hit that you hear everywhere.
The next stand out track is “Lungs”. It features a beat that only people made of stone can resist dancing to; the song builds until the chorus which features one of the dirtiest synths on the album. It is gritty and aggressive, but feels sweet and fun.
Overall, this is a thoughtful and fun record, which definitely has radio potential.  From the glitch vocals on “The Mother We Share”, to the airy synths in the closing track “You Caught the Light”, this record’s catchiest moments will be echoing in the back of your head for days.

This is for fans of Purity Ring, Passion Pit, and The Naked and Famous