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.
Frightened Rabbit were always an incredibly solid band, making music in that slickly produced, punchy corner of indie rock; they were that band that broke through in indie circles but maybe never came across with a breakthrough, unanimously adored tune. Hopefully, that streak has now ended. With “Holy,” Frightened Rabbit has created a universally communicable anthem for the lost soul, for someone who may not have their life completely figured out, or are otherwise unsure about the world.
The music video is one of the rare instances where the accompanying visuals actually serve to extend the story from the original song. In tandem, song and video tell an engaging and beautiful story of a woman on a quest to find herself, outside from the normal conventions of office life.
With its thick drums and dynamic guitars, the instrumentation perfectly communicates a feeling of nervous, unsettled energy; you feel the bass in your chest, pulsing along with your heartbeat. We all have passion but we don’t all know what we’re passionate about. That feeling is familiar for a reason.