CHVRCHES Releases Breakthrough Sophomore Album

Ileana Alvarez-Diaz

Two years after their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, Glasgow’s electro-pop trio returns with feverishly exploding tracks that will hook you in seconds.

Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook make up CHVRCHES (Photo obtained via Facebook)
Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook make up CHVRCHES
(Photo obtained via Facebook)

Undeniably encapsulating the already grand momentum the trio has under their belts, Every Open Eye is a striking collection of pure atmospheric melodies you have to hear.

Opening with “Never Ending Circles,” it’s so clear this album has been, in other words, blessed.

Those synths are unraveling from the beginning! It’s hypnotizing. It’s an intricate swirling entrance accompanied by Lauren Mayberry’s saintly vocals. Killer way to establish the significant amount of work and dedication poured into this album.

One of the singles, “Leave a Trace,” is incredibly intense; I’m not kidding. No. Its pre-choruses amplify so much that by the time you actually reach the chorus, you’ve touched into euphoria.

Another track that blew my mind is “Make Them Gold.” Mayberry challenges herself vocally (throughout the entire album as well), and to me at least, it’s always inspiring for artists to take that first step into a new realm of sorts. You can’t always have the same sound every album; growth is key.

What’s also really interesting is that this album was also recorded in same home studio where Bones was. You go back to the beginning and create new entities. Keyboardists/vocalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty have unleashed new phrases; exhilarating sounds that once again, leave CHVRCHES untouched and unparalleled.

I don’t know about you all, but I always try to find the album name within the tracks. It’s in “Clearest Blue,” if you were wondering. This track is fire—yes, one hundred percent fire. I’m not just saying that because my favorite color is blue, but because it starts sweetly then manifests into a grandiose envelopment of spontaneous synths colliding at once. There’s so much going on! There’s always something different to focus on when you listen. Mayberry’s drawn out echo filled pauses also add to the fire.

The last track, “Afterglow,” is beautiful. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s innocently CHVRCHES. Mayberry’s vocals hit sweetly enough; not breaking the surface until synths drown her out and she returns once again. It sounds Church-y, if that makes sense.

Overall, this is a ridiculously good sophomore album. While you don’t have the jabs Bones has, Every Open Eye reintroduces trio with groundbreaking work that cannot be ignored. Listen to it on iTunes and Spotify!