Chvrches aren’t that much different from the 1975. Both bands are from the UK, both make grand and unapologetically hooky festival-ready pop music that nods toward canonical indie classics, and both risk massive backlash anytime they do anything. Chvrches have always been considered more credible than the 1975, but it seems to me that that’s … More »
Notes on this week’s releases:
- Sometimes when we listen to Andrew WK we think “hold on this sort of music is absolutely brilliant” so then we go and listen to some other stuff in a similar vein and it’s always an awful fucking racket. Literally always. Where are they keeping all the good sort-of-metal? Is it in a secret place? Or is there really nothing else like this? And do you think proper rock people feel this way about pop music? Do you think they hear something pop that somehow lines up with qualities they enjoy in their day-to-day listening, or they hear the best of the absolute best — like, they hear a Robyn single — and they go “maybe I’ll give pop another try!”, but then they end up listening to Up by Olly Murs and Demi Lovato and then that’s it for another three years? And then after a while they’ll hear Bad Romance or something and they’ll give the old pop thing another go, but the first thing they hear is ‘The Vamps and Matoma’?
- CHVRCHES miss out on their second Song Of The Week in a row due to, once again, betraying the most holy tenet of New Music Friday.
- Tracey Thorn‘s entire album is fantastic but the Shura ‘collab’ we’ve selected for this week’s playlist is just absurdly amazing.
- The Alma EP is worth a listen. It’s nothing extraordinary, much as we and it seems everyone else would like it to be, but there are some good moments.
- Gorgon City have released what is, to all intents and purposes, a novelty single. (It’s about 65% brilliant.)
- MNEK‘s new single is really interesting, partly because it totally changes pace halfway through and becomes absolutely tremendous, and partly because having apparently (?) jettisoned ideas of having a hit single he’s freed himself creatively to make something really unusual which in turn stands out from almost everything else out there, which IN TURN might actually stand a chance of being a hit. Whatever a hit is these days. Why can’t it be like the olden days when iPods were made out of wood and New Music Friday involved having to walk three miles in order to listen to someone singing on a hill?
- As you’d expect the Jack White song, which sounds like The Darkness, is hilarious.
It’s an admin nightmare. The emails. The phonecalls. The letters. Oh Christ, the letters. One after another they come. It’s been going on for years. And they all ask one question: “Popjustice, when oh when will you cover The National on your online popular music publication?”
Well ladies and gentlemen the time has now come.
The day is here!
Release the doves, it’s finally happening.
But we’re not here today to write about any of the band’s normal nonsense and we will, instead, focus solely on warbler Matt ‘Matt Berninger’ Berninger. And only because he’s turned up, like some sort of Pitchfork Pitbull, providing ‘guest vox’ to the new CHVRCHES track My Enemy, which leaked earlier this week ahead of today’s premiere and is, apparently, track four on the band’s new album.
And that’s how it starts isn’t it, readers? The old TRVJAN Horse. The THVN end of the wedge. The WVLF in sheep’s clothing. One minute you’re thinking “hold on, maybe The So-Called ‘National’ are worth my time after all, perhaps I should investigate” and the next thing you know you’re listening to Sorrow for six hours straight, then before you know it you’re booking tickets to the sort of festival where everyone’s in bed by 11pm.
Anyway Lauren sounds like Robyn and Berno sounds 280% better on top of a CHVRCHES song so it’s win/win to be honest.
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When Chvrches first started teasing their forthcoming album, Love Is Dead, the Scottish synth-pop trio said that it would be “the most pop stuff we’ve done.” This album marks the first time Chvrches worked with outside producers, electing to collaborate on 13 of the 14 tracks with Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele). Love Is Dead … More »
The National’s Matt Berninger made a brief appearance in the video for Chvrches’ new single “Get Out,” teasing something with the words “Friend Or Foe.” It looks like the answer to that question is “foe,” because Chvrches’ upcoming album, which frontwoman Lauren Mayberry revealed in a recent interview is going to be titled Love … More »
It’s Friday, February 2nd and that can only mean one thing… New Music Friday has arrived. This week, we have been gifted a handful of new singles, EPs, remix EPs, and full-length albums, all of the new music this week is overwhelming to say the least. With 182 new songs on this week’s playlist, you’ll
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You’re going to look at this week’s playlist — it’s 37 songs long — and you’re going to think “no thanks I only have room in my brain for about 18 new songs”. Do not think that. Instead prepare yourself for what is, and we are absolutely serious about this, the best New Music Friday since New Music Friday began in 2015.
That’s not to say it’s packed with pop’s biggest names. You possibly haven’t heard of half these people. Very few of these songs are likely to make a huge impression on global streaming charts. But none of that matters, does it? This week’s playlist is absolutely packed with top notch pop music.
We actually got a bit emotional when we realised how much great stuff had been released today. It’s a real ‘maybe we won’t shut down this stupid website after all’ moment.
- RABBII, who we’ve covered a couple of times already on Popjustice, have released a totally beautiful modern pop ballad called ‘Left For Dead’.
- CHVRCHES, as we know, are back, but released their new song on a Wednesday, therefore contravening Rule 1 of the New Music Friday Agreement and as a result are denied Single Of The Week status. Rvles are rvles chaps.
- Absolutely brilliant US pop duo Magdalena Bay have chucked out another extraordinary single. Are they signed yet? Can someone at a label please take action in this area? We don’t want to take matters into our own hands and given the shambles that ‘ensued’ the last time Popjustice launched a record label you probably don’t want that either. ‘The Bay’ are really fantastic though.
- THE RAE MORRIS ALBUM IS OUT TODAAAAAAAAY.
- There’s loads of brilliantly eccentric pop out this week, including the Kiesza and Chris Malinchak song, Let’s Eat Grandma‘s brave and long overdue foray into being halfway listenable, and Millie Turner‘s extraordinary The Shadow, whose spoken word second verse will totally blow your head off.
- V promising big-things-t0-come singer of song Sasha Sloan has released two (1 + 1!) songs today and they’re both brilliant.
- Always nice to hear new Streets stuff, right?
- Why Don’t We‘s Ed Sheeran-‘penned’ Trust Fund Baby (‽) sounds like it’s just being sung by Ed Sheeran. It is, like a lot of (BUT NOT ALL) Ed Sheeran songs, literally very good.
- And finally, brace yourself for this one. Kim Wilde — KIM WILDE OUT OF THE 80s — has a new single out today. It’s called Pop Don’t Stop. If you think that title sounds slightly over the top you’re really only 8% of the way to comprehending the pop wrecking ball that’s about to smash its way through your brain. Pop Don’t Stop is the sort of song that exists far beyond our normal comprehension of things like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ but we can state now with some certainty that this song is destined to become a 5pm-on-a-Friday office playlist favourite for many, many Popjustice readers.
UPDATE: It’s now 38 songs because we forgot about the brilliant new ionnalee song.
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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.”
The thing about CHVRCHES, right, is that they don’t always immediately come to mind when someone asks you who makes the best pop music, but realistically they’ve got to be within at least the first twenty rows on the spreadsheet. Surely.
Their really-quite-CHVRCHES-sounding new single premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record last night (if you’re keeping track of who’s winning the ongoing First Play Wars, Zane Lowe’s World Record was the new Pale Waves one), and ‘the caller on line one’ was Lauren ‘Lozza’ Mayberry.
She said some things about the forthcoming CHVRCHES album and about how after spending six months writing it they decided to work on the majority of the record with Greg Kurstin, “who you guys maybe know from the Foo Fighters or Adele”. (We guys also know Greg from Lily Allen, Kylie, Sia, DAME KELLY CLARKSON, Marina & The Diamonds, Tegan & Sara, Ellie Goulding and Halsey, but yes, it’s Adele and “””The Foos””” if that makes people feel better.)
“It was good to be pushed and to take risks,” Lauren told Annie, adding that the band found themselves “plugging into his Jedi puppetmaster mind”.
There is, Lauren went on to note, a sense of directness and honesty about how the songs sound. “If it’s going to be more pop,” she said, and this really is a very good quote, “it should be aggressively pop. There’s no point in us doing things in half measures.”
She also said something about “live drums and more live instruments” but let’s gloss over that.
Welcome back CHVRCHES, pop has been bearable but very wrong without you.
Chvrches teased a new song called “Get Out” yesterday, and now it’s here to hear. The Scottish synth-pop trio’s first new song since 2015’s Every Open Eye is one of the tracks they worked on with mainstream hit-maker Greg Kurstin — the material they said would be “the most pop stuff we’ve … More »