Bones Of What You Believe CD (2013)

Artist: Chvrches

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Product Overview


Label Glassnote Records
SKU 252834491
UPC 810599020378
UPC 14 00810599020378
Format CD
Release Date 9/24/2013
Author Chvrches
Associated Artist/Work Prydz, Eric
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Technical Info
Producer Chvrches
CatalogID GLS 014702
Lable Name Glassnote Entertainment Group
Released 2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 0s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00810599020378
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Rich Costey.
Recording information: Alucard Studios, Glasgow.
Arriving after a year's worth of anticipation that included plenty of blogger appreciation, several EPs, and inclusion in the BBC's Sound of 2013 shortlist, Chvrches' debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, surpassed the significant hype surrounding it. Many of these songs already appeared on those buzz-building EPs, most notably "The Mother We Share," "Gun," and "Recover," all of which exemplify the Glasgow trio's way with frosty synths and poignant melodies. Taken as an album, though, they reveal a band not nearly as arty or aloof as seemingly like-minded contemporaries such as Grimes or Purity Ring; with their ready hooks and fondness for grand gestures, Chvrches are more likely to tour with Paramore than Factory Floor. As their early EPs hinted, a large part of their appeal comes from Lauren Mayberry's voice. There's something about her bright, slightly raspy soprano that grabs ears and hearts, even though she spends most of the album telling off those near and dear to her: on "Lungs," she sings "All the things you tell yourself offer no resolution" to a melody so sweet that it just sharpens the sting of her words, and the way she delivers the refrain "I'll be a thorn in your side" on "We Sink" sounds more like a promise than a threat. While keyboardist/vocalist Martin Doherty's lead turns on "Under the Tide" and the dreamy album closer "You Caught the Light" offer pleasant respites from Mayberry's intensity, he's just not as captivating a presence as she is, and his tracks take the band in a direction that sounds more like a synth-driven version of Frightened Rabbit or the Twilight Sad (in fact, Doherty was a touring member of the latter band). Like those bands, as well as their '80s influences, Chvrches embrace big sounds and feelings without a trace of irony, whether it's "Tether"'s massive drums or Mayberry's pleas to "make me blind so I don't ever look back" on the slow-building "Night Sky." Even on the darkest moments, such as "Lies" or "Science/Visions," there's a disarming emotional directness to The Bones of What You Believe that makes it a unique, fully realized take on a style that seemed close to being played out. ~ Heather Phares
Artist Overview
Spelling their name with a "v" instead of a "u" to differentiate themselves in Internet searches, Glasgow's frosty electro-pop trio Chvrches feature singer Lauren Mayberry and keyboardists/vocalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Mayberry, who previously played with the band Blue Sky Archives and holds a law degree as well as a master's degree in journalism, began working with Cook, a former member of Aerogramme and a film and television music composer, and Doherty, a touring member of the Twilight Sad, when they asked her to sing on some demos they were recording. The sessions went so well that the trio christened itself Chvrches and began writing songs inspired by Prince, Depeche Mode, and Kate Bush. The trio began 2013 by playing a few North American dates and recording its debut album in Cook's basement studio. The Bones of What You Believe appeared that September.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "BONES is full of incisive, sweeping songs made from last-ditch emotions."
Entertainment Weekly (p.65) - "[The album] provides plenty of charmingly straightforward indie-disco pleasures." -- Grade: B
Q (Magazine) (pp.102-103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a captivating listen that's proudly individualistic, heart-warmingly intelligent and beautifully intonated..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE BONES... is a rare and beautiful thing for a debut: astute, seductive and sly....A bold and encouraging modern pop debut..."
Disc 1
1 Mother We Share, The
2 We Sink
3 Gun
4 Tether
5 Lies
6 Under the Tide
7 Recover
8 Night Sky
9 Science/Visions
10 Lungs
11 By the Throat
12 You Caught the Light
Product Attributes
Artist Chvrches
Label Glassnote Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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