NEW ALBUM: CHVRCHES | SCREEN VIOLENCE
Glasgow synth-pop band has released their fourth studio album, "Screen Violence" It was the band's first time working with outside producers; they turned to Greg Kurstin and Steve Mac, who produced chart-toppers like Adele, Little Mix, and Ed Sheeran. Naturally, that ended up in a departure from Chvrches' electronic roots towards more accessible pop. "Screen Violence" caters to their fans of soulful synthpop because it’s the kind of collection that feels emphatic and sympathetic. So much of synthpop can feel cold and distant, but Chvrches’ patented sound reaches for the heart: pulsing, thumping beats, swirling synths, bracing lyrics, and emotional vocals. Though so much of "Screen Violence" sounds synthetic, there’s a strong emotional core due to the performances and lovely lyrics. The synthesizers work to support the songs. It’s a gentle use of fuzzy, brushed synths that move away from the sharp, glassy sounds often associated with this kind of return to the New Romantic sound. What makes "Screen Violence" such a successful album is that the songs reach for honesty and sincerity whilst simultaneously working overtime to get people moving. This album has some gorgeous highlights; there’s no filler, an impressive feat for a record with ten tracks.