Chvrches discuss ’emosh’ second album material

The band have finished recording the follow-up to 2013 debut 'The Bones Of What You Believe'

Chvrches have spoken out about their second album, branding the new material “emosh”.

In a new interview with Pitchfork, singer Lauren Mayberry calls the track which looks set to be the last on the new LP “pretty emosh”. Iain Cook of the band added that the idea behind the follow-up to 2013’s ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ was to make it “20 percent different, bigger, better” than their debut.

The trio also revealed some of the song titles from the new record, including ‘Never-Ending Circles’, ‘Make Them Gold’ and ‘Leave a Trace’, the latter of which Mayberry calls the album’s “nastiest, snidest tune”.

Speaking about the ideas behind the new LP, Martin Doherty explained that he wanted to maintain a certain ‘accessibility’ to the band’s music. “After making one record that people really like, some bands reject the things that everyone liked about them and make some really deep, thoughtful, dark record – but I wanted to avoid making a ‘mature’ album,” he commented. “That said, it’s not like we’re making saccharine shite. There’s important lyrical content, and we’re still pushing the same emotional boundaries, but also trying to make it as accessible as possible.”

Of the record’s lyrical content, Mayberry added: “Because the album was written over such a long period of time, it’s about the goods and the bads, the beginnings and ends. Personally, I’m in a good place right now, but there’s definitely anti-love songs on there as well. ‘Leave a Trace’ is the middle finger mic-drop. It’s about that point where you’re like, ‘There’s no point having this conversation anyways: There will be no resolve, I won’t feel better about it, you won’t feel better about it, no outcome from this will actually change my reality.’ It makes me feel better to write about that – I’ve done something constructive with it. You don’t put that on other people, you put that into what you do. That’s always the way I’ve written lyrics. My ex-partners are not friends with me, but I’m OK with that.”

The Scottish electro-pop trio released their debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ in 2013 and announced earlier this year that they had finished recording its follow-up after five months in their studio in Glasgow.

In February, the band said that their second album was “coming along nicely”. A statement from the group at the time read: “We’ve been busy in the studio in recent weeks working on our second album. The new songs are coming along very nicely and we can’t wait to share them with you.”

Speaking to NME earlier this year, band member Martin Doherty discussed their plans for the new LP, including the trio’s desire to make it “leaner” than ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’.

“I think we’ll use fewer instruments but ultimately try and do more with them,” Doherty said. “When you listen to a Michael Jackson song or a Prince song, you realise there’s absolutely nothing in it but an amazing bassline, drums and singing. We want to channel some of that.”
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