The Bones of What You Believe

Lindsay Lillig

The Scottish techno-pop band CHVRCHES released its debut album “The Bones of What You Believe” Sept. 23 and ambushed alternative artists everywhere with fresh competition.

This summer, listeners quickly fell in love with the band’s first single “The Mother We Share.” The song has a transfixing loop of lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry’s enchanting, impish voice playing in the background. With lyrics like “I’m in misery where you can seem as old as your omens” and “The way is long but you can make it easy on me,” it is evident these artists are ahead of their time.

The band’s love of the synthesizer is prominent in each track on the album, but its execution is better than other renowned artists. The third track, “Gun,” is upbeat from start to finish. The rhythm pops and repeats for five minutes of effortlessly enjoyable music. At the same time, words like “Who are you to tell me how to keep myself afloat?” set up the theme for the song that follows.

Similar to the sound of the single “The Mother We Share,” the song “Tether” pulls it back a notch. It has a heavier tone, established through lyrics such as “chasing things that we should run from.” The instrumental bridge takes the song to an entirely different level. It is this versatility that will continue to set CHVRCHES apart from other pop and indie groups worldwide.

The best song is the penultimate song on the album entitled “By the Throat.” It almost sounds like a mix of “Gun” and “The Mother We Share.” The beats of the synthesizer are superb. The final song on the album, “You Caught the Lights,” is sung by the man behind the synthesizer himself, Iain Cook. It is primarily instrumental, but Cook’s charming, gruff voice is a lovely complement to Mayberry.

CHVRCHES will be touring across the country in November, with no Kansas City date scheduled.