ALBUM: CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye


Release Date: September 25th 2015
Label: Virgin Records


Glasgow based electro act CHVRCHES have returned to the fold, following up their breakthrough the release ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ with new full-length album, ‘Every Open Eye’. It’s an album looking to build on the success of the first record, which it no doubt will do, and will see this three-piece carry on sky-rocketing up the music scene.

Opening the album is ‘Never Ending Circles’, with front woman Lauren Mayberry‘s vocals soaring over a strong, electro background with an impressive clarity demonstrated even on faster paced numbers such as third single ‘Clearest Blue’ and ‘Keep You On My Side’. Taking centre stage to shake things up on ‘High Enough To Carry You’, Martin Doherty takes the reins vocally, slowing things down but still providing a great track despite a change in direction.

Lyrically, CHVRCHES have some fantastic tracks. Initial single, ‘Leave A Trace’, shows Mayberry calmly deliver poignant heartfelt lines such as “You talk far too much, for someone so unkind. / I will wipe the salt off from my skin, and I’ll admit that I got it wrong. / And there is grey between the lines.”, a feature of the whole record that really establishes CHVRCHES as great artists.

Album highlight comes in the form of ‘Playing Dead’, which instrumentally creates an atmosphere of charging into battle, with Mayberry leading the charge with a powerful vocal performance. Record closer, ‘Afterglow’, sees a gentle ethereal end to the release, which is very different to the rest of the album, but still fits in perfectly and provides a fitting conclusion to the release.

‘Every Open Eye’ really demonstrates why CHVRCHES are currently taking off, proving that their breakthrough release wasn’t by chance. There really isn’t a bad song on this album. This record will no doubt win over plenty more fans for this band, create them plenty more success, and keep the world looking forward to the follow-up release with another opportunity to demonstrate their artistic talent.

Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)



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