With their first single Chvrches did in 3 minutes and 11 seconds what most bands fail to achieve in a career, carving an immaculate pop song that sounds vital and sidesteps cliche in a genre that rarely manages either. Cut up like a glitching Siri or machine code breaking into song The Mother We Share is both compulsively danceable and sweetly melancholic, Lauren Mayberry’s cryptic laments vying with Martin Doherty’s bouncing arpeggios for both hearts and sweat beneath cocaine harmonies and caverned beats.


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