Chvrches, a electronic and independent band from Glasgow, are currently making some of the most enjoyable and most engaging pop and electronic music out there. But sometimes their songs carry with them a darker feeling. Take their new track “Lies.” The music video is both sparse and complex, not unlike the music itself. Here, an artistic take on a post-apocalyptic world is depicted. And the shadowy tone of the video matches with the foreboding, entrancing tunes CHVRCHES are making. Call it synth pop, but it sounds like something harder…and maybe even more sinister. Still, the beat is infectious, with crisp hits and little chirps of electronics that go off at intervals.
Lauren Mayberry is the star here. Her voice, cutting through that thick wall of electronics, reminds me of the sharp vocals of Megan James in the band Purity Ring. But even more than Purity Ring, Chvrches seem to be a lot more on the same page. Whereas James and producer Corin Roddick complemented each other with warring styles, Lauren and the rest of Chvrches seem like they’re on the same page. They’re creating something here that stands at the forefront of where mature, honest pop music is moving. And it’s a lot more than just synth pop.