I’m very aware of the sophomore jinx of music where many bands fall snake bitten to that notion. The 2013 debut album from CHVRCHES, The Bones of What You Believe was in a class of it’s own. The Scottish electronic band seemed to carve a unique path for themselves amongst the many bands to try to integrate electronics into their DNA, but may fall flat. Usually with a second album, an artist will either try to duplicate what made fans fall in love with them in the first place, or go into a completely different direction. The first single, “Leave A Trace” off of the upcoming album, Every Open Eye brings the best of both those worlds. Not only is the song placement is perfect for the climate, it continues the themes that we love about the band themselves. Slick synth pop instrumentals elevate the track into summer anthem status.
Lead singer Lauren Mayberry sounds even more confident with a certain youthfulness that makes a song that’s not particularly happy sound antithetic. “Leave A Trace” chronicles those times in life where a person may be ok with things just ending without closure, whether it be it be a relationship, friendship – apply whether it may be applicable. (“Everything you’ve did was strictly by design/but you got it wrong/I’ll go anywhere but there). Mayberry has wrestled with this concept of freedom before only to be deterred by a former lover. (“There are tiny cracks of light underneath me and you say I got it wrong”)
There’s a new found sense of a strength especially hinted at in the rousing nature of the chorus. Matter of fact, the chorus is the victory lap itself for a person who is now free from the malaise of a relationship that just could not work itself out. At that point, you don’t really care whose wrong, you care about self preservation. In the upbeat layer of the entire song, it’s a salvation declaration. “Leave A Trace” seems to highlight everything we loved about TBOWYB with a more in-your-face theme lyrically. I anticipate that Every Open Eye might be one of the best albums for the upcoming fall season.
Synthpop | Goodbye