A lot has changed for CHVRCHES in the past few years. When the Glaswegian trio wrote and recorded their debut, ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ (2013), no one had heard of them. The three members (Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry) came together with the idea of working on a writing project together, unsure of what path that would take - just three people in a basement studio in Glasgow making music they believed in.
‘The Bones of What You Believe’ was released to widespread critical acclaim and went on to sell over 500,000 albums worldwide. The band clocked in 364 shows in 2 years, selling out venues across the world and making signature appearances at SXSW, Glastonbury, Coachella, and myriad others before retiring back into the studio for another go.
Approaching the new album, CHVRCHES returned to the same hometown studio that had housed them during the recording of their first LP, their basic goal to shut off the outside world and get back to what they know best: writing.
Musically ‘Every Open Eye’ seeks to do more with less. To make big sounds without racking up endless tracks within Cubase sessions. To make something intense and urgent and visceral, using the basic tools of melody, rhythm and arrangement rather than the mentality that ‘more is more’. Sonically, Every Open Eye develops CHVRCHES’ signature style, juxtaposing the light and the dark, creating their own brand of twisted pop music that uniquely merges the organic with the electronic, molding sounds and ideas forged over two years on the road into an electronic-pop record with a heart.
Lyrically, Every Open Eye is not a break up album. It is a record about past heartbreaks and getting over them; about perspective and the benefit of hindsight; about being unapologetic and not being told what to do or who to be; about moving on to better things, holding on to the good and letting go of the bad.