Resounding synth-pop trio, CHVRCHES, have returned with their newest single: collaboration with video game auteur, Hideo Kojima, “Death Stranding.” The track comes from the soundtrack scoring Kojima’s latest venture, action game DEATH STRANDING: Timefall.
The soundtrack will be released in November alongside the video game. The full LP features original tracks from a variety of prominent artists including Khalid, Au/Ra, Alan Walker, The Neighbourhood, and more. Kojima’s game focuses thematically on the connection between life and death, building on the idea of forging “Strands” with other players in an attempt to reconnect a fragmented society. CHVRCHES’ “Death Stranding” imbues the band’s beloved synth-pop, airy vocals, and euphoric synths—concurrently reflecting the light vs. dark present in Death Stranding‘s through line.
“We were really excited about the opportunity to work with Kojima because we have been fans of his work for a long time,” the band says of the release. “He has always been such a visionary in the gaming world and we were honored to be involved in the project. The concept of ‘Death Stranding’ is so unique and really felt to us like it was challenging people to care about the world they create—in the game and otherwise. We wrote this song specifically for Death Stranding, thinking of the themes of the game and what it is trying to say to people.”
CHVRCHES’ most recent album Love Is Deadarrived last year, May 2018 and saw the Glasglow act joining forces with Grammy-award winning producer Greg Kurstin. DEATH STRANDING: Timefall is out November 7 on Sony/RCA.
TRACKLIST: 01 Khalid – “Trigger” 02 Au/Ra & Alan Walker – “Ghost” 03 CHVRCHES – “Death Stranding” 04 The Neighbourhood – “Yellow Box” 05 The S.L.P. – “Meanwhile…In Genova” 06 Bring Me The Horizon – “Ludens” 07 Flora Cash – “Born In The Slumber” 08 MISSIO – “Sing To Me”
In early April, CHVRCHES unveiled a sensational single called “Miracle.” Here, a few months later, versatile producer Mija has taken on the track, flipping it into a dreamy techno wonderland.
Instead of diving headfirst into the original’s dramatic chorus, Mija launches into a slick breakdown. Highlighted by a playful melody, her interpretation of “Miracle” toys with lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals. Mija chops them up in an off-kilter fashion, creating an unstable environment before merging back into a glossy, smoothed-out interlude. Over the course of the remix’s four and a half minutes, Mija leads her listeners from a dark warehouse to a light-filled lounge, allowing them to imagine “Miracle” as an entirely different animal.
Her “Miracle” remix follows May’s self-released drum & bass original called “Talk” and a seven-track EP released earlier this year. The “Miracle” remix package also includes reworks by Manila Killa, IHF, and The Juan Maclean. It’s out Friday, July 27 via Glassnote Records.
Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.
Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.
Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.
The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.
Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.
With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.
The seminal Scottish synth pop group CHVRCHES has cemented their status as cult icons within the genre in just over half a decade through releases like “The Mother We Share” and “Recover.”
Now CHVRCHES is back with their first single since the 2015 release of Every Open Eye, dubbed “Get Out.” The track was produced by 2017 and 2018 GRAMMY Producer of the Year Greg Kurstin.
“Working with Greg [Kurstin] was so different to what we’d done before, but it also felt so comfortable and like he’d been in our band forever. He doesn’t try to make you write a certain kind of song. He just listens and then Jedi puppet masters the best work out of you. The opening synth riff of ‘Get Out’ was the first thing to emerge on our first day in the studio with him.”