Sunday 22 September 2013

Album Review - CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe

Has there been a more keenly anticipated début album by a Scottish artist?  CHVRCHES have played a blinder since the frankly magnificent Lies came out last year, meticulously planning each step whilst never compromising on the quality of the output. 

A drip feed of already classic electro-pop singles in the shape of The Mother We Share, Recover and Gun. A few gigs here and there in the UK.  Lengthy US tours and a support slot with Depeche Mode.  It's all culminating in the star of CHVRCHES rising and rising.  CHVRCHES have been rapturously received and rightly so.  This is a very special band and in The Bones Of What You Believe they have released a very special album indeed.  

If you know the band already you will know the quality of the four singles mentioned above already.  If you don't know them you have a treat in store.  Don't let the electronic tag put you off; this isn't some quasi nostalgic revivalist synth-pop rubbish. 

The quality is consistently high throughout and the remainder of the album is no disappointment.  From the slower paced Tether, to the Yazoo like Night Sky to the majestic Science/Visions there is something here for everyone.  The album's closing track You Caught The Light is worth the admission price alone.  Make no mistake, this is the most important début electronic album since Speak & Spell.  There is magic here.  Get into CHVRCHES now.

- David McElroy

CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe is out on Monday 23rd September via Virgin Records in all good record stores and online.

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