February 10, 2013


The return of the Knife in 2013 is not only stirring sharp-edged reminders of the Swedish electronic duo's beaming originality, but also a focus on the lineage of new soundmakers their style has birthed during their absence. On the more pop-obsessed tangent of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer's craft, it's artists like Purity Ring, Charli XCX, Grimes and SALEM who are successfully rising out of the darkness with black-lit synth-pop that careens around a witchy aura without scaring itself away from danceability. 2013's most ambitious addition to the scene comes in the form of Glasgow's CHVRCHES (keeping with the underlying spirituality theme of the genre, it's pronounced "Churches,") a trio who individually aren't necessarily newcomers to the music scene, yet have collectively reinvented their direction. Formed in 2011, CHVRCHES is comprised of two reformed post-rockers in lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry, formerly of Blue Sky Archives, guitarist Iain Cook, who is probably most well-known for his work with Aughties' heavyweights Aerogramme, and former Twilight Sad touring member Martin Doherty. It hasn't taken very long for the electro-pop Scots to begin refining their own authentic version of what's become one of intellectual pop's most sought-after styles, beginning with one-off singles "Lies" and the Silent Shout-homaging take "The Mother We Share." "Recover," the first track off their forthcoming debut EP Recover (due out March 26th via pseudo-indie Glassnote) finds CHVRCHES perfecting the production of their icy-pop to festival-sized heights that may very well reach the same levels as Robyn or recent tour mates, Passion Pit. Those first steps into building their way up to the dark heavens will be taken this March, as CHVRCHES will be sure to conjure up much buzz at this year's SXSW, as well as most major U.S. cities surrounding their Austin marathon.

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