CHVRCHES released their anticipated third studio record Love Is Dead at the end of last month. The album was preceded by a number of singles, all which pointed the band in a much more mainstream pop-focused direction. Turns out, that is largely what the album sounds like. Of course there are some topical lyrics that land, and some fantastic vocals from the always impeccable Lauren Mayberry. But the songs are mostly focused on stuffed electronic arrangements and concise hooks. Which makes their most recent trip the Spotify studios in NY all the more pleasing.
Just released, CHVRCHES have dropped their two-song Spotify Singles session. As is the case with these things, the band perform one new track acoustically, and one cover (also acoustically). For this we get a truly great rendition of “Get Out” (the lead single from Love Is Dead). But their cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” is the real draw here. It’s a heart wrenching version made more palpable by its low-key sound. Frankly, though, just to hear the band take things down to a more stripped back style is really nice. Love Is Dead may be dividing critics and fans with its mainstream appeal, but I believe this quick Spotify Singles session will please most everyone. It shows once again that although CHVRCHES may not always nail their style on album, Lauren Mayberry remains one of the best vocalists around right now.
Head right here to stream both tracks.
Love Is Dead is out now. Stream it over here.