It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the release of Chvrches’ excellent debut The Bones of What You Believe. The band’s been largely quiet since then, no matter how much their music has influenced today’s biggest pop stars.
In what is one of the more curious music-related announcements of the year, BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe has curated an album inspired by, aimed to soundtrack the influential 2011 Nicholas Winding Refn film Drive. While the world might not need another soundtrack (following the official one, as well as the Chromatics’ album Kill For Love, which was intended for use in the film), if you’re going to try to recreate the magic of a soundtrack, it might as well be from one of the decade’s best.
Chvrches use the opportunity to refine their sound further, with Lauren Mayberry sounding more a part of the whole ensemble than apart from it. On their debut, Mayberry’s vocals were front and center, but here, she’s further in the background, but no less stronger.