We’ve been blessed with another album from the electro-pop trio hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Their music is frosty and energetic, similar to their native country. Fronted by vocalist Lauren Mayberry, CHVRCHES have claimed their spot in the electronic circuit’s leaderboard. Their second album, Every Open Eye, features the same CHVRCHES we know and love, with more intricate and enchanting synth beats and lyrics that revolve around unhealthy relationships and self-affirmation.
The opening track, “Never Ending Circles“, is as cyclical as the title makes it seem. Electronic flourishes take our ears on a rollercoaster ride of enjoyment while we hear Mayberry tell the story of a relationship that always ends up back where it started. Then we move into “Leave A Trace“, arguably one of the power tracks of the album. This tune features a stronger, more empowered Mayberry who refuses to let an unhealthy relationship drag her down. It’s intimate, and any listener can relate to the liberating feeling of escaping a toxic relationship that expresses itself within these pirouetting notes and power ballads.
“Never Ending Circles” and “Leave A Trace” remind us of the upbeat CHVRCHES sound we’ve grown to yearn for, yet the darker tracks are equally as alluring. “Playing Dead”, a bit morbid from the beginning, feels deeper both with its lyrics and electric flashing beats; it’s reaffirming, powerful, strong. The other surprising slow track, “Down Side of Me” evokes feelings of apprehension and uneasiness, especially in one’s self. The tracks appear side by side on the album, and I feel that is no mistake. As we listen, we feel the back and forth emotions that affect us as human beings often.
Every Open Eye covers a lot of emotional ground, and as a listener I adore how both keyboardists, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, always seem to match the unique and incomparable voice of Lauren Mayberry. The group work in flawless synchronization to create an electro-pop that is identifiable, original, and worth your listening time. A few other tracks I recommend: “Bury It”, “Clearest Blue”, and “Empty Threat.” My only next question is: when’s their junior album being released?
Exactly what we wanted, but still room for growth.8
Production score 8
Lyrics score 7
Composition score 9