Review: CHVRCHES – ‘Leave A Trace’


CHVRCHES return perfectly with an electronic bang, adapting their sound ever so slightly to make for a more raw finish.

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CHVRCHES have properly returned after the release of their stunning debut with ‘Leave A Trace’, the second track to be taken from their sophomore record, Every Open Eye.

The track delivers the same electro-pop vibes that echoed The Bones of What You Believe and what we have come to expect from CHVRCHES. It is both a banger like ‘The Mother We Share’ as well as sharing some delicacy that was evoked by other tracks on their debut, such as ‘Broken Bones’.

However, the electronic trio manage to sway slightly from the sound of their debut and avoid ‘Leave A Trace’ becoming a regurgitated repetition of their 2013 sound. What marks a particular difference is the rawness of Mayberry’s vocals where, within this electronic setting, she comes across more authentic, constructing a layered and dynamic track. At points, the track epically builds, but at other points the song subtly pulses with intriguing beats. Linking with the softer, pastel hue of Every Open Eye‘s artwork, ‘Leave A Trace’ and the album appear to demonstrate a gentler dimension to the band.

With ‘Leave A Trace’, CHVRCHES continue to do a masterful job of creating melodies that manifest into catchy songs whilst simultaneously being interestingly edgy, balancing captivity and an encompassing memorability.

Pre-order Every Open Eye now and receive ‘Leave A Trace’ immediately. The album will be officially released on 25th September via Virgin Records.


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