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The Bones of What You Believe (Glassnote)

Reviewed by Luke Winkie, Fri., Nov. 22, 2013

Phases and Stages

Chvrches

The Bones of What You Believe (Glassnote)

Lauren Mayberry's spitfire loud and tired of your shit. "You better run from me, with everything you own, 'cause I'm gonna come for you, with all that I have," she yips on "Gun." The Scottish trio aren't trying to subvert anything on debut long-player The Bones of What You Believe, churning out hard-driving and utterly undeniable electro-pop, and the hooks arrive absolutely relentless. Gorgeous, cascading synths ("We Sink"), nerve-tingling twinkles ("Recover"), and a future Billboard hotshot ("The Mother We Share"): Bones rattles diva house, emo-pop, and brain-slicing techno all joined in holy matrimony, with the key mechanic being Mayberry's razor-sharp lyrical voice. "I'm in misery where you can seem as old as your omens, and the mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling," she sings in a Gaelic lilt. She's the reason her band promises staying power. (Chvrches play a sold-out show at Stubb's Friday, Nov. 22.)

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