Monday 19 February 2018

Crystal clear voice elevates Chvrches

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The Bones of What You Believe

(Virgin)

4 STARS

The Glaswegian trio are among the last of the acts tipped in the BBC's influential Sound Of poll for 2013 to release a debut album, but no matter – it's the best of the lot.

Electro-pop fans everywhere are in for a real treat with this hugely accomplished offering and thanks to Lauren Mayberry's striking, crystal clear vocal and the band's commercial nous, there's every reason to believe that they can enjoy a significant mainstream breakthrough.

Minimal electronica is the stock-in-trade throughout the album and several of the tracks echo the more cerebral end of 1980s pop. But they're not slavishly in thrall to that era. Mayberry's lovely voice and her fondness for singing about relationship ups and downs will remind many of The Sundays – that great, much missed band that blazed a trail at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s.

That similarity is especially apparent on The Mother We Share – a gorgeous, slickly honed number in which the baby-faced Mayberry sounds like a Scottish Harriet Wheeler. Elsewhere, Gun is a sophisticated and super-catchy confection built around synths.

For those wondering if the spelling of their name means anything, it doesn't: the "V" apparently makes the band more Googleable.

Key tracks: The Mother We Share; Gun

Irish Independent

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