Chvrches: Things Have Changed

The new album from the synth-pop trio navigates the “death” of true connection and how we can move forward in the aftermath of it.

[caption id="attachment_207621" align="aligncenter" width="900"] (Left to r) Martin Doherty, Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook. Photo by Danny Clinch[/caption] If you’re even slightly aware of the world around you these days, there’s a universal truth that can’t be ignored: things have changed. Drastically. From the way we interact with baristas at our local coffee shop to how we treat our closest loved ones, the digital age has pushed us forward into uncharted territory in terms of the interpersonal relationships that make life worth living. It’s this complicated truth that Chvrches tries to untangle on Love Is Dead, the latest album from the Scottish synth-pop trio. Simultaneously a concept album and a page ripped from singer Lauren Mayberry’s personal diary, the album navigates the “death” of true connection and how we can move forward in the aftermath of it. With such a stark title, the band knew the album’s true message may not come through on face value alone, but they were cool with that. “It makes sense in the modern times we’re living in with the way people demand attention,” says multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook. “Ninety percent of articles come with some sort of clickbait image on them. You’re gonna piss some people…

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