The debut album by Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, (pronounced churches), showcases the band’s incredibly energy in the synth-pop genre. ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ indulges in the very essence of synth-pop music, featuring incredibly energetic synthetic beats and instrumentals. Everything just seems to pound forward, presenting Chvrches as one of the biggest upcoming acts today. Those who enjoy the synth-pop genre will find a lot to enjoy in Chvrches, who simply present a brilliant understanding of the genre. It seems though that although there’s a lot working for the band, there’s still an element of the band not being as creative as they could possibly be with the genre, with ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ being a good album that simply sounds like many that have preceded it.
There’s many appealing elements of Chvrches, who present a somewhat strong synth-pop album that is sure to garner them many fans as they progress up the charts. The main elements of the band that seem to stand out are the energy the band presents on their debut album, and the band’s leading vocalist Lauren Mayberry, whose slightly imperfect voice shapes Chvrches music. There’s a fair amount of character in the songs, shaped mostly by the vocals, but also by the instrumentals, which at time are fairly interesting. It’s the energy more than anything though that makes Chvrches an interesting band, as the tracks pump and pound their way along the album, sounding like the perfect accompaniment to a party at a festival. It seems the music would work well in a live setting, based on the performances present on the album.
Although there’s enjoyable elements to Chvrches, there is another element that the band isn’t doing the greatest deal in presenting something that is at least different to everything else. Much of the music, the instrumentals in each song in particular, sounds the same as many bands that have preceded Chvrches, suggesting an element that there’s not a lot of creativity going on in the band. The very core of the music as well seems to just be a rehashing of what is currently trending in music, without offering a real element of originality. At times, ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ suggest something more to the band, but the very core of the album is made up of tracks that are simply hopping on the bandwagon of popular music, without really offering anything new.
Chvrches are set to be a popular band it seems, who have presented an album of material featuring the elements that make up current trending music. It’s sure to please people, but there is an element of disappointment from those who are simply wanting more from the band, or at least from music in general. In fairness to Chvrches, they have managed to offer just a little bit more than the average bog-standard band in the genre, and a few tracks manage to suggest that there is elements of creative ideas. It just feels as though the overall album is flawed, as it just rehashes much of what has preceded it in the genre.
- ★★★☆☆ 3/5
- We Sink
- Under The Tide
- You Caught The Light
Chvrches debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ is out now.